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                               August 19, 1996
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20549
Attn: Robert Bartelmes

     Re: Intevac, Inc. - Registration Statement on Form S-1 of
         2,250,000 shares of Common Stock
         (Registration No. 333-05531)

Ladies and Gentlemen:
      On behalf of Intevac, Inc. (the "Company") we hereby request to have the
above-referenced Registration Statement, filed with the Commission on June 7,
1996, withdrawn. The Company is requesting a withdrawal of the Registration
Statement due to financial market conditions. Furthermmore, the Company has not
sold nor made any offers to sell any of the shares covered by such Registration
     Please provide the Company with a copy of the order granting withdrawal of
the Registration Statement as soon as it is available.
    If you have any questions regarding this application, do not hestitate to
contact the undersigned. 

                                          Very truly yours,
                                          /s/ William P. Garvey
                                              William P. Garvey
cc: Charles B. Eddy III
    Michael J. Casey, Esq.
    Barney H. Wilson
    David Kim, Esq.