Microchip Technology's Gresham, Oregon Facility Produces High-Yield

3/28/2003 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog products, announced at the Company’s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Gresham, Oregon, that all the necessary manufacturing processes are working, the qualification lots are in progress and the first full lot produced has yielded 91 percent usable die.

Microchip acquired the Gresham facility for $183.5 million in cash from Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. on August 23, 2002. Referred to as Fab 4, the facility is expected to substantially enhance Microchip’s short-term and long-term global manufacturing capacity and help accommodate Microchip’s projected worldwide demand for its field-programmable microcontrollers, analog, Serial EEPROMs, and complementary microperipheral products.

“Microchip’s yields are typically among the best in the semiconductor manufacturing industry,” said Steve Sanghi, CEO and President of Microchip Technology. “The successful first yield we processed in Fab 4 reinforces the excellent capability of the facility and equipment that we acquired, as well as the world-class start-up team headed by Kathy Clevenger."

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. manufactures the popular PICmicro® field-programmable RISC microcontrollers, which serve 8- and 16-bit embedded control applications, and a broad spectrum of high performance linear and mixed-signal, power management and thermal management devices. The Company also offers complementary microperipheral products including interface devices; microID® RFID devices; serial EEPROMs; and the patented KEELOQ® security devices. This synergistic product portfolio targets thousands of applications and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets. The Company's quality systems are ISO 9001 (1994 version) and QS9000 (1998 version) certified. Microchip is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with design facilities in Mountain View, California, Bangalore, India; and a European Design Center in Lausanne, Switzerland; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona; Gresham, Oregon; and Puyallup, Washington; and assembly and test operations near Bangkok, Thailand. Microchip employs approximately 3,350 people worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and the Americas. More information on the Company can be found at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, PICmicro, microID and KEELOQ are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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