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AMD, IT Ministry, SemIndia Announce Historic Milestone For Semiconductor Manufacturing In India


New Delhi -- November 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced a broad agreement with SemIndia covering manufacturing, technology licensing, and business development to meet the growing demand for computers based on x86 microprocessors in India. SemIndia will be a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative with the Government of India designed to bring semiconductor manufacturing capabilities to India. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Hector Ruiz, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of AMD, and Dr. Vinod K. Agarwal, chairman, president and CEO of SemIndia, in the presence of Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, the Honorable Minister for Communication and Information Technology.

India represents a major market opportunity for desktop and laptop PCs and internet appliances. Industry observers expect the market to experience strong growth in the near future given the impetus provided by the Government of India to increase PC penetration and internet connectivity. The agreement signed today allows SemIndia to license AMD’s proven process technology for SemIndia’s planned wafer fabrication and assembly-test-mark-pack (ATMP) operations. AMD and SemIndia will also jointly develop and market semiconductor solutions for India.

“We will remember this day as a historic milestone in India’s economic and manufacturing progress,” Ruiz said. “AMD is committed to succeeding in global high-growth markets, and we are proud that AMD’s industry-leading microprocessors and manufacturing capabilities will enable SemIndia to develop its own innovative solutions and expand the global market for information technology.”

“This announcement reflects the confidence that global players have in India as a major information technology market and a location for high-tech manufacturing,” said Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Honourable Minister for Communications and Information Technology. “AMD is acknowledged as a technology leader in the industry, and is the ideal partner for India’s foray into semiconductor manufacturing. We are excited to see the commitment demonstrated by AMD and SemIndia, and the Government of India is backing this initiative solidly.”

“With support from the Government of India and AMD’s proven process technology, SemIndia is creating a strong foundation to bring world-class wafer fabrication and ATMP capabilities to India,” said Dr. Agarwal. “Our vision is to make India a global hub for semiconductor manufacturing, and this agreement should bring world-class wafer fabrication to India for the first time.”

Earlier this year, Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran met with senior executives from AMD in the US to discuss opportunities to jointly grow the India market. The Honourable Minister has championed the cause for increasing PC penetration, internet connectivity, and high-tech manufacturing in India. In fact, a recent Gartner report on ‘Semiconductor Manufacturing Opportunities in India’, predicts that semiconductor companies will be attracted to India by the large potential domestic market for electronic products. The report further states that “rising consumer spending is benefiting the consumer electronics and automobile industries, which provides new opportunities for semiconductor vendors as mature markets in other regions begin to reach saturation.”

Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Mr. Ajay Marathe, President, AMD India, said, “This is undoubtedly the next big wave in India’s progress, and AMD is committed to bringing our process technology expertise to the SemIndia initiative. We are honored that AMD will help advance the vision of the Honorable Minister of IT with SemIndia, and are working closely with the Indian Government to enable an exponential increase in PC and internet penetration.”

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