1st Silicon Wins Certification, Award for Information Security Management System and Environmental Reporting

Sarawak, Malaysia, 四月 14, 2005.

1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia's premier 200mm wafer foundry, has achieved two significant milestones internationally and within Malaysia. In recognition of the Company's accomplishments in building a world-class fab facility through its recent Information Security Management Systems, 1st Silicon has been awarded certification under the British Standard BS7799-2:2002 (Certificate No. 07598-2005-AI-LDN-UKAS).

The Company completed the BS7799-2:2002 certification process through an intensive security audit conducted by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). DNV's certification services are designated by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) as the qualified auditor for compliance to the BS7799 standard.

This security standard of international accreditation certificate named 1st Silicon as the first semiconductor manufacturing company in Malaysia to have received this award. This comprehensive specification defines the requirements for establishing, implementing, and documenting an effective information security management system.

Nationally, the Company has also been awarded for innovative environmental reporting in the Malaysia Environmental And Social Reporting Awards (MESRA) 2004 presented by Accreditation of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Malaysia.

According to the Judges' report, 1st Silicon had achieved four winning criteria covering easily conceptualized environmental objectives and impact on business and performance, reader friendliness, innovative graphics, as well as minimum usage of jargon.

Dr. John Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of 1st Silicon said, "Achieving internationally acclaimed business standards and practices is a cornerstone of our business. As part of our commitment to put our customers first, we want to ensure that information is readily accessible, secured and protected. Environmental stewardship is a promise that we give to our citizens and our country, as well as our customers. We will continue to pursue these accolades as part of our commitment as a global business leader."

This is the second consecutive year that 1st Silicon won an ACCA commendation for environmental reporting. The Company is an active member of MESRA for the last 2 years.

About 1st Silicon ( Malaysia ) Sdn. Bhd.
1st Silicon (http://www.1si.com) is a dedicated semiconductor foundry founded in 1998 by the Malaysian State of Sarawak. 1st Silicon's 200mm wafer fab facility is designed to cater up to more than 45,000 wafers per month at full ramp-up capacity for 0.25µm down to 0.13µm geometries. The Company offers volume production of digital and mixed-signal CMOS technologies in 0.25µm and 0.18µm processes. 1st Silicon started production of 0.25µm in Q1 2001 and 0.18µm qualification in Q1 2003. 0.15µm will go into production in Q3 2005. 0.13µm flash is currently in final qualification. The Company also focuses on niche markets by offering reliable and cost-effective embedded non-volatile memory, high voltage, CMOS image sensor and CCD processes. 1st Silicon's customers include integrated device manufacturers and fabless semiconductor companies worldwide. 1st Silicon has its headquarters in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and sales offices in US, Korea and Taiwan.