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LFoundry Announces Proposed Acquisition of Atmel’s Manufacturing Operation in Rousset, France

(PresseBox) (Landshut, ) LFoundry GmbH today announced that LFoundry GmbH has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Atmel for the purchase of Atmel’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France. In accordance with French law, Atmel has presented the proposed acquisition to the employee representatives of the Works Council in Rousset. The Works Council is expected to render its opinion on the proposed transaction in the first quarter of 2010. If Atmel receives the approval of the Works Council, Atmel will seek authorization from its Board of Directors to enter into a definitive agreement with LFoundry GmbH. Proposed terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased and excited about the opportunity to acquire a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation that advances our technical capabilities as a leading-edge analog and mixed signal silicon foundry,” said Michael Lehnert, LFoundry Chief Executive Officer. “This proposed acquisition positions the combined company as the largest analog and mixed signal pure play foundry in Europe and is very strategic to our mission of rapidly growing our foundry business and providing unparalleled flexibility and support to the large European need for analog and mixed signal manufacturing service and to our global customer base.”

“We are excited by the potential combination of LFoundry and our Rousset, France wafer fab operations which establishes Europe’s largest analog and mixed-signal foundry and provides a socially responsible transition plan and continuation of employment opportunities for our workers in Rousset,” said Steven Laub, Atmel’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are impressed by LFoundry’s track record and look forward to a long-term partnership as Atmel plans to enter into a multi-year supply agreement with LFoundry.

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Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixedsignal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry’s broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel provides the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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LFoundry is a leading analog / mixed signal silicon foundry with a 200 mm production line based in Landshut, Germany, providing access to manufacturing services down to advanced analog 0,15 μm CMOS technologies with innovative extensions. Based in the heart of Europe, LFoundry is in an excellent position to support a wide portfolio of applications, especially when it comes down to high flexibility and the customization of
technologies.

LFoundry is a member of the Micro Systems Technology Cluster, Landshut (Cluster Mikrosystemtechnik).

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