SOURCE: Discera

November 08, 2006 09:00 ET

Discera Secures European Distributor Azzurri Technology Limited

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- Discera, Inc., a World Leader in CMOS MEMS resonator technology and provider of next-generation timing solutions, and Azzurri Technology Limited, a leading supplier of high technology semiconductors and system products, today announced a partnership to represent and distribute Discera's CMOS MEMS Resonator-based timing products. Azzurri will represent Discera and distribute its products across the European electronics market.

Discera offers the industry's first proven CMOS MEMS-based resonators for the timing market. CMOS MEMS-based resonators enable electronics companies to overcome challenges posed by quartz crystal technology, which has been virtually unchanged for more than 50 years. The company's PureSilicon™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that can be used in creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor wireline and wireless products, such as oscillators, filters, and RF components. Unlike crystal-based timing products, Discera's PureSilicon CMOS MEMS Resonator-based timing products offer significant advantages in size, power, and cost along with exceptional quality and reliability.

The partnership with Azzurri signals the readiness of Discera's technology for full-scale commercial deployment and will provide European electronics manufacturers with a critical building block necessary to deliver revolutionary multifunction consumer electronic products. Through Azzurri, Discera's timing technology will enable European manufacturers to dramatically reduce their time to market and overall costs while simultaneously meeting consumer demands for more sophisticated multifunction products that are smaller, more intelligent, require less power, and are easier to use.

"The European market is now the primary battle front where intense competition exists and manufacturers need to stay one step ahead of their competitors," said Mike Carlucci, President of Azzurri Technology. "Azzurri is meeting this demand and bringing our customers the latest technology products that will give them a true competitive edge in their markets. Discera's products fit very well with our current product lines, and we are pleased to partner with them to provide superior timing technology across Europe."

"Timing components are the heartbeat of every electronic device," said Venkat Bahl, Vice President of Marketing, Discera, Inc. "By moving from quartz to CMOS, manufacturers of consumer electronics and other devices will realize a number of benefits including reduced footprint requirements, programmability and low power. We are excited about this partnership with Azzurri and its breadth of experience with introducing innovative products that provide integrated solutions with size, power and cost savings, to the European electronics market."

About Azzurri

Azzurri is a provider of specialist solutions to high technology OEMs. Azzurri is focused on a small number of franchised suppliers with the prime objective of assisting its customers with the design-in of complex semiconductors and provision of complete system level solutions.

With operations throughout Europe, Azzurri offer applications and design support services through their technical sales engineers and applications specialists.

Azzurri has rapidly gained an excellent reputation for providing its customers and suppliers comprehensive levels of service and has been one of Europe's fastest growing technical distribution groups.

For more information about Azzurri Technology, please visit www.azzurri.com.

About Discera

Discera is a fabless analog semiconductor company that offers tiny, high performance silicon resonators for the frequency and timing control markets. These resonators act as the heartbeat/pulse for a variety of devices from consumer products such as cameras and MP3 players to specialized equipment for the military. The company's PureSilicon™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that offers, according to Semico Research, "a better mousetrap" for creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor wireline and wireless products, such as oscillators, filters, and RF components. Unlike crystal based oscillators, Discera's PureSilicon™ based CMOS oscillators can be integrated into other CMOS based circuits. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Discera is a privately held company with investments from Ardesta, Partech, 3i, and Qualcomm Ventures. More information is available at www.discera.com.

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