SOURCE: Kulicke & Soffa

September 08, 2005 13:57 ET

Kulicke & Soffa Announces Orders for 580 Wire Bonders From SPIL

WILLOW GROVE, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 8, 2005 -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. ("K&S") (NASDAQ: KLIC) today announced that Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (TAIEX: 2325) (NASDAQ: SPIL), a leading provider of comprehensive semiconductor assembly and test services, has placed a series of purchase orders for 580 K&S wire bonders for its Taichung, Taiwan facility. These orders included: 160 Maxum Plus machines in the final weeks of the quarter ended June 30, 2005; current quarter to date orders for 113 Maxum Plus machines; and 307 of K&S's newest model, the Maxum Ultra, which is designed to meet the challenges of increased package functionality and small footprint devices. Deliveries for these orders began in July and are expected to be complete in October. K&S provides the majority of SPIL's wire bonder capacity and currently expects to receive additional Maxum Ultra orders to meet SPIL's ongoing production demand.

Patrick Lin, director of SPIL Operations' Support Division commented, "We are experiencing significant demand for complex IC packages being driven by low-cost, personal computers in the second half of calendar 2005 that is exceeding our current wire bonder capacity. We have now completed the engineering evaluation of our first Maxum Ultra machine, which has proven to be very successful. This was a key step in our extensive qualification process of the most difficult multi-tier and stacked die packages, requiring precision looping, bond force control, and high accuracy. This quarter will begin the transition period between the Maxum Plus and Maxum Ultra for SPIL."

"K&S remains the technology and productivity leader with the Maxum Ultra. It has the leading-edge capability in all the most difficult, advanced packages," explains Christian Rheault, vice president of K&S Ball Bonder Business Unit. "The Maxum Ultra's performance has been shown to provide over 10% higher throughput in production environments than its predecessor and has superior process capabilities for all types of devices, especially those using 90 nanometer technology."

About Kulicke & Soffa

Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is the world's leading supplier of semiconductor wire bonding assembly equipment. K&S is the only major supplier to the semiconductor assembly industry that provides customers with semiconductor wire bonding equipment along with the complementing packaging materials and test interconnect products that actually contact the surface of the customer's semiconductor devices. The ability to control all of these assembly related products is unique to Kulicke & Soffa, and allows us to develop system solutions to the new technology challenges inherent in assembling and packaging next-generation semiconductor devices Test interconnect products include a variety of wafer probe cards, ATE interface assemblies, and ATE boards for wafer testing, as well as test sockets for all types of packaged semiconductor devices. Kulicke & Soffa's web site address is http://www.kns.com.

About SPIL

Siliconware Precision Industries Ltd. ("SPIL") (NASDAQ: SPIL) (TAIEX: 2325) is a leading provider of comprehensive semiconductor assembly and test services. SPIL is dedicated to meeting all of its customers' integrated circuit packaging and testing requirements, with turnkey solutions that range from design consultations, modeling and simulations, wafer bumping, wafer probe and sort, package assembly, final test, burn-in, to drop ship. Products include advanced leadframe and substrate packages, which are widely used in personal computers, communications, Internet appliances, cellular phones, digital cameras, cable modems, personal digital assistants and LCD monitors. SPIL supplies services and support to fabless design houses, integrated device manufacturers and wafer foundries globally. For further information, visit SPIL's web site at www.spil.com.tw.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical statements, this press release contains statements relating to future events and our future results. These statements are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to future orders, introduction and acceptance of new products, and projected continued demand for our products. While these forward-looking statements represent our judgments and future expectations concerning our business, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to: the risk of failure to successfully manage our operations; the risk that anticipated orders may not materialize or that orders received may be postponed or canceled by the customer, generally without prior notice or charges; the risk that anticipated cost savings will not be achieved; the volatility in the demand for semiconductors and our products and services; the risk that we may not be able to develop, manufacture and achieve market acceptance of new products and product enhancements on a timely and cost effective basis; acts of terrorism and violence; overall global economic conditions; risks, such as changes in trade regulations, currency fluctuations, political instability and war, associated with a substantial foreign customer and supplier base and substantial foreign manufacturing operations; potential instability in foreign capital markets; and the factors listed or discussed in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kulicke & Soffa Industries is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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