1st Silicon Opens Japan Sales Office, Expands Presence in Asia

Sarawak, Malaysia, 8月 24, 2005.

1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., -- a leading 200mm wafer fabrication foundry, announced the opening of its new sales office in Yokohama, Japan, to expand and enhance the Company's customer support in the region.

The Company named Mr. Hideki Takizawa as the General Manager for the Japan office. Mr. Hideki Takizawa has more than 15 years of experience in the semiconductor business, with the past ten years dedicated to the foundry business in Japan. His previous position was as Senior Sales Manager of Chartered Semiconductor Japan.

"1st Silicon's relationship with Japanese companies is part of its legacy," stated Dr. John Nelson, 1st Silicon Chief Executive Officer. "Sharp was our first technology partner and customer seven years ago and our relationship continues today with the technology transfer of three generations of NOR Flash technologies including 0.13um technology. The new service and support center in Japan lets us quickly accommodate the needs of this and other valued customers."

Mr. Takizawa added his comments, saying, "1st Silicon can offer Japan-based semiconductor companies the flexibility and nimble responsiveness of a foundry. My goal is to provide customers with excellent support tailored to their needs and rapid in its delivery."

The 1st Silicon's office can be contacted at:

10F Shin Yokohama Daini Center Building,
3-19-5, Shin Yokohama, Kohoku-ku Yokohama 222-0033 Japan
Telephone: +81-45-470-1275
Fax: +81-45-472-9845
Email: taki(at)1si.com

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 for production of more than 45,000 wafers per month for 0.25um down to 0.13um geometries. The Company offers volume production of digital and mixed-signal CMOS technologies in 0.25um and 0.18um processes. 1st Silicon started production of 0.25um in Q1 2001 and 0.18um qualification in Q1 2003. 0.15um will go into production in Q3 2005. 0.13um 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, Taiwan and Japan.