SOURCE: eSilicon

October 03, 2005 03:30 ET

eSilicon Expands Global Operations

Chip Design Center in Bucharest, Romania to Grow to 50 Engineers

SUNNYVALE, CA and BUCHAREST, ROMANIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 3, 2005 -- eSilicon Corporation, a leading provider of custom integrated circuits, today announced that it will expand its semiconductor design center in Bucharest, Romania, to support up to 50 engineers.

The first in a series of planned design centers in key technology hubs worldwide, the eSilicon Bucharest Design Center was opened in February, 2005. Staffed by veteran semiconductor design engineers, the center allows eSilicon to better service electronics systems customers throughout Europe and Israel who have adopted the increasingly popular outsourced semiconductor design, test and manufacturing business model. The center specializes in low-power chip design, which is crucial for high-demand electronics products such as hand held and wireless devices.

With upgraded "big pipe" telecommunications and high-performance computing facilities, eSilicon's Bucharest Design Center is linked directly into the company's high-speed global broadband network. This allows the Bucharest team to work on designs for customers anywhere in the world. Supported by sales and marketing teams in the United Kingdom, Israel, North America, and Asia, eSilicon is actively recruiting additional engineers and support personnel for the Bucharest Design Center.

"We are delighted to expand our Bucharest Design Center and advance eSilicon's global presence," said Jack Harding, president and CEO of eSilicon. "Our remarkable success is predicated on the fact that we are able to hire the world's most talented semiconductor design experts. The team at the eSilicon Bucharest Design Center will continue to extend our expertise in low-power and physical design."

With a customer base of more than 40 leading electronics companies, eSilicon's revenues topped $91M for its last fiscal year, which ended on March 31st, 2005.

"The European region and Israel represent a significant opportunity for eSilicon's custom integrated circuits," said Chris Ryan, Semiconductor Industry Analyst at Future Horizons. "Electronics product companies will benefit from having eSilicon's expertise available locally."

About eSilicon Corporation

eSilicon™ designs and manufactures custom integrated circuits for the world's leading electronics companies. The company serves both system OEMs and fabless semiconductor companies who apply custom silicon to create innovative new products. eSilicon designs and ships custom chips for a wide variety of markets and applications, including high-volume MP3 players, home gateways, complex storage networks, and high-speed communications devices.

Established in 2000 and led by a team of industry veterans, eSilicon is a profitable, award-winning market leader widely recognized for innovation and operational excellence. The company combines in-house design and manufacturing expertise to provide customers with a low-risk, low-cost path to the best technology available in the semiconductor industry. eSilicon is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, with offices in Allentown, PA, New Providence (Murray Hill), NJ, Shin Yokohama, Japan, and Bucharest, Romania. For more information, please visit http://www.esilicon.com.

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