MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2005
--Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM; TASE: TSEM), a pure-play independent specialty foundry, announced today that SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has selected the company to provide the memory controller on its recently introduced 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(R) Game Card, a high-capacity flash memory card for Sony's PlayStation(R) Portable (PSP(R)). The SanDisk memory controller is being manufactured in Tower's Fab 2 facility.
SanDisk and Tower have been closely cooperating on designs that are targeted for multiple flash storage formats with unique solutions to enable superior performance.
"Sony is experiencing heavy demand for its PSP, which shows consumers' increasing interest in multi-functional devices that require lots of data storage capacity for storing music and video files," said Christina Day, SanDisk product marketing manager for the gaming card line. "Our 2GB flash Memory Stick PRO Duo card is our response to this need, and we are glad to have Tower as a reliable, high-quality manufacturing partner to supply the market with these high capacity cards."
"SanDisk has been manufacturing its advanced memory card controllers at Tower since 2003. In addition to the new Memory Stick PRO Duo Game Card, Tower is in high-volume manufacturing of various other memory controllers used in a broad range of Flash cards. Tower's offering of advanced IP, optimized to its enhanced manufacturing processes, enables our customers to set new performance records for their designs" said Doron Simon, president of Tower Semiconductor USA. "We are proud to support SanDisk's cutting-edge products."
About Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is a pure-play independent wafer foundry established in 1993. The company manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13 micron; it also provides complementary technical services and design support. In addition to digital CMOS process technology, Tower offers advanced non-volatile memory solutions, mixed-signal and CMOS image-sensor technologies. To provide world-class customer service, the company maintains two manufacturing facilities: Fab 1 has process technologies from 1.0 to 0.35 micron and can produce up to 16,000 150mm wafers per month. Fab 2 features 0.18-micron and below standard and specialized process technologies, and has the current capacity of up to 15,000 200mm wafers per month. Tower's Web site is located at http://www.towersemi.com/.
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Forms 20-F and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Israel Securities Authority.