California Micro Devices Presents Keynote at CARTS-Europe 2003

10/20/2003 - California Micro Devices (NASDAQ: CAMD) announced that Robert V. Dickinson, president and CEO, will deliver the keynote address at the 17th annual CARTS-Europe conference and exposition, scheduled to open on October 27, 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany at the Inter-Continental Hotel. CARTS-Europe 2003 is the only event in Europe devoted solely to passive electronic components.

In keynoting the four-day event, Dickinson will ask “Are discrete passives an endangered species?” He will consider the impact that current market and technology trends, including the growing adoption of integrated passive devices, are having on discrete passive components particularly in light of the drive to pack greater functionality into smaller products such as mobile handsets, as well as the relentless drive to reduce total manufacturing costs.

"While discrete passives provide great flexibility in system design, they are increasingly at a disadvantage compared to other alternatives in terms of size, cost, performance, and time-to-market," said Dickinson. His keynote will provide an update on alternative solutions and discuss the various factors that are fueling the growing interest in integrated passives that can pack more than 50 discrete passives, including resistors, capacitors and diodes, on a single semiconductor chip.

About CARTS-Europe 2003
CARTS-Europe has emerged as the premier forum for the presentation of the latest developments in passive component technology, associated materials, measurement methods and testing techniques. By combining a symposium of topical technical papers, technical seminar and marketing forecast, it has become the major European event in the passive component calendar. Complete information on the CARTS-Europe 2003 conference and exposition can be found at

About California Micro Devices Corporation
California Micro Devices Corporation is a leading supplier of application-specific analog semiconductor products for the mobile, computing, and high-brightness LED lighting markets. Key products include Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIPTM) devices and power management ICs as well as silicon sub-mounts for high-brightness LEDs. Detailed corporate and product information may be accessed at

ASIPTM is a trademark of California Micro Devices.

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