1st Silicon Completes Qualification and Starts Production with Sharp Corporation for 0.13µm NOR Flash Technology

Sarawak, Malaysia, Mai 9, 2005.

1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a premier semiconductor-manufacturing foundry, announced that it has completed qualification and begun production shipment of Sharp Corporation's 0.13µm NOR Flash technology. Today's announcement represents a major milestone for the company.

The custom technology fabricated at 1st Silicon's state-of-the-art facility in Malaysia is dedicated to Sharp Corporation, a leading supplier of NOR Flash products. The 0.13µm NOR Flash products with density up to 128Mb are manufactured using aluminium back end process.

According to Dr. John Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of 1st Silicon, "We are very proud to be the first foundry in Malaysia to be in production at the 0.13µm node. Sharp Corporation is our initial technology partner and we are delighted to announce this successful third-generation technology transfer."

Dr. Nelson added, "Through close cooperation and partnership, the companies have developed the ability to rapidly transfer and bring to mass production NOR Flash technology. Based on 1st Silicon's experience in NOR Flash, we will continue to extend our embedded flash technology portfolio."

Apart from serving NOR Flash customers, 1st Silicon's business strategy also focuses on servicing the niche markets by offering embedded flash, image sensor, high voltage and automotive processes.

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 in production. 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.