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NATICK, MA January 23, 2007

Cognex Corporation Declares Cash Dividend for Q4 2006

NATICK, MA, January 23, 2007 — Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced today that the company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.085 per share. This dividend is payable on February 23, 2007, to all shareholders of record at the close of business on February 9, 2007. This is Cognex’s fifteenth consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements made in this press release, which do not relate solely to historical matters, are forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements by use of the words “expects,” “anticipates,” ”estimates,” “believes,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “may,” “shall” and similar words. These forward-looking statements, which include statements regarding business trends, revenue growth and the company’s financial outlook, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include: (1) global economic conditions that impact the capital spending trends of manufacturers in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to the semiconductor, electronics, automotive and steel industries; (2) the cyclicality of the semiconductor and electronics industries; (3) the reliance upon certain sole-source suppliers to manufacture and deliver critical components for the company’s products; (4) the inability to design and manufacture high-quality products; (5) the technological obsolescence of current products and the inability to develop new products; (6) the inability to protect the company’s proprietary technology and intellectual property; (7) the challenges in integrating acquisitions and achieving anticipated benefits; and (8) the other risks detailed in the company’s reports filed with the SEC, including the company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. You should not place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The company disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of such statements.

CONTACT:
Susan Conway
Director of Investor Relations
Cognex Corporation
(508) 650-3353
susan.conway@cognex.com

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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