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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NEC Electronics America Hires 60 New Employees to Support Expanded Semiconductor Manufacturing Capabilities

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ --Delivering on its manufacturing strategy unveiled in February 2006 , NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced it has hired 60 new employees for its recently expanded semiconductor manufacturing operations in Roseville,California, bringing the total employee population there to approximately 850. As part of NEC Electronics Corporation's global manufacturing strategy, thecompany recently added a line capable of fabricating eight-inch wafers using a 0.15-micron process to complement its existing line, which is used tofabricate six-inch wafers with 0.35- and 0.25-micron processes. The eight-inchpilot line is ready to begin operation now and is expected to reach mass production levels this summer.

The expansion in Roseville is a key component of NEC Electronics Corporation's Multifab(TM) manufacturing strategy (announced 11/30/06), whichwill enable customers to qualify multiple manufacturing and assembly and testfacilities through one simple process. The company expects to see increased demand for 0.15-micron-based products from customers in the automotive industry, as well as from designers using general-purpose semiconductors inconsumer devices such as digital cameras, memory sticks, and mobile andhandheld products. The expanded capability in Roseville and the Multifabstrategy overall is designed to give those customers a secure supply ofproduct, along with increased manufacturing flexibility as their product volumes increase.

"Our company has been impressed by the caliber of talent available in the greater Roseville area," said Gabe Kim, vice president of manufacturing operations and plant manager, NEC Electronics America. "With such fineemployees and leading-edge manufacturing capabilities, we have built areputation for providing a secure supply chain while meeting rigorous quality standards."

The March 2006 Gartner Dataquest report ranked NEC Electronics Corporationas the number one supplier of 32-bit microcontrollers worldwide.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.

NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara , California,is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), aleading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technologysolutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions forthe mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-marketsolutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics Americaoffers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the globalmanufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NECElectronics America markets and sells industrial-type, active-matrix LCDmodules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative displaytechnologies. More information about the products offered by NEC ElectronicsAmerica can be found at http://www.am.necel.com.

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