Upon Such Expansion, SanDisk has Committed to Purchases of 0.13 Micron Wafers From Tower in 2007 and 2008
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- August 2, 2006 -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM; TASE: TSEM), a pure-play independent specialty foundry, today announced that it has signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with SanDisk® Corporation to invest in the expansion of its 0.13 micron logic wafer capacity. Furthermore, SanDisk committed to purchase, upon such expansion, volume production quantities of 0.13 micron wafers during 2007 and 2008 and will have right of first refusal on the use of this extra capacity in 2009. These transactions are subject to required approvals of the parties.
"SanDisk continues to execute on an aggressive technology roadmap which has moved a large volume of our controller products to 0.13-micron technology," said Dr. Randhir Thakur, Executive Vice President of Technology and Worldwide Operations, SanDisk Corporation. "We have a long standing business relationship with Tower, based upon Tower's best of class responsiveness to our business needs through design services, process know-how and operational flexibility. We are pleased to work with Tower to help secure supply of our controllers in the 0.13-micron process. "
"Being the world wide leader in flash storage card products, it is a great vote of confidence from SanDisk to both help finance the 0.13-micron capacity expansion and to commit to the consumption of it. We have begun manufacturing our first SanDisk products in this advanced node and have achieved quite reasonable die yields", said Russell Ellwanger, Tower CEO. "We are thrilled to have entered into an agreement with SanDisk which ensures the continuation of our long-term partnership."
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 www.towersemi.com.
About SanDisk Corporation
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, CA and has operations worldwide with more than half its sales outside the U.S. SanDisk's web site is located at www.sandisk.com