SOURCE: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

December 04, 2006 08:00 ET

Lattice Semiconductor Receives Industry Quality Standard ISO/TS 16949 Certification

ISO/TS 16949 Certification Another Milestone in Lattice's Expanding Commitment to the Automotive Market

HILLSBORO, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced it has achieved certification of its quality systems to Automotive Industry Quality Standard ISO/TS 16949. The certification is formal recognition that Lattice provides its automotive customers with programmable devices that meet rigorous standards for quality and reliability. Lattice has previously satisfied the stringent requirements of additional quality standards, including ISO 9001 and MIL-PRF-38535.

"Lattice has provided both commercial and industrial programmable logic products to the automotive industry for many years and AEC-Q100 qualified devices for the past year," said Stan Kopec, Lattice corporate vice president of marketing. "Our programmable devices are used in a growing number of applications, including Video Camera Systems, Telematics and Digital Radio. The ISO/TS-16949 certification of our quality systems marks yet another milestone in our expanding commitment to serve the automotive design industry, which includes dedicated automotive support personnel. Our commitment to deliver 'More of the Best' automotive design solutions will continue in 2007 with new AEC-Q100 qualified Power Manager and SRAM and Flash FPGA families, together with additional Intellectual Property cores targeted to the automotive industry," Kopec concluded.

About ISO/TS 16949

The ISO/TS 16949 was jointly developed by International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication March 1, 2002. The document is a common automotive quality system requirements catalog based on ISO 9001:2000, AVSQ (Italian), EAQF (French), QS-9000 (U.S.) and VDA6.1 (German) automotive catalogs. This document, coupled with customer-specific requirements, defines quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.

The IATF has developed a common registration scheme for supplier third-party registration to the ISO/TS 16949. The registration scheme includes third-party auditor qualifications and common rules for consistent global registration. Some of the benefits of the IATF registration scheme include:

--  Improved product and process quality
--  Additional confidence for global sourcing
--  Reassignment of supplier resources to quality improvement
--  Common quality system approach in the supply chain for
    supplier/subcontractor development and consistency
--  Reduction in multiple third-party registrations
IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers: BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, General Motors (including Opel Vauxhall), PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault SA, Volkswagen and their respective trade associations -- AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).

About the Lattice Automotive Family

Currently, Lattice Automotive (LA) programmable logic families include these AEC-Q100 qualified devices:

  LA-ispMACH™ 4000V CPLD                32 to 128 macrocells
  LA-ispMACH 4000Z "Zero-Power" CPLD    32 to 128 macrocells
  LA-MachXO™ Crossover PLD              256 to 2280 LUTs
Lattice has announced its intention to qualify additional Lattice LA programmable logic devices in 2007.

Lattice LA devices operate over the automotive temperature range of -40oC to +125oC.

About Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation provides the industry's broadest range of Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), including Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), Mixed-Signal Power Management and Clock Generation Devices, and industry-leading SERDES products.

Lattice continues to deliver "More of the Best" to its customers with comprehensive solutions for system design, including an unequaled portfolio of high-performance, non-volatile and low-cost FPGAs.

Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in communications, computing, industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and military end markets. For more information, visit

Statements in this news release looking forward in time are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including market acceptance and demand for our new products, our dependencies on our third party silicon suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological and product development risks and other risk factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Actual results may differ materially from forward-looking statements.

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    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
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