Diodes Signs Agreement to Acquire APD Semiconductor

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diodes Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality discrete and analog semiconductors, announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of APD Semiconductor, a privately held U.S.-based fabless discrete semiconductor company. The completion of the transaction is subject to the terms of the asset purchase agreement, the receipt of required approvals, and other customary conditions.

The asset acquisition includes an approximate $8 million payment for patents, technology, trademarks, and net working capital, which is in addition to a potential earnout provision. APD revenue is forecasted to be approximately $2 million for 2006, and the transaction is expected to be accretive to Diodes Inc. in 2007.

"The APD acquisition is aligned with our strategy of strengthening Diodes' technology leadership in the discrete semiconductor market and expanding our product capabilities across important segments of our end-markets," said Dr. Keh-Shew Lu, president and CEO of Diodes Inc. "With APD's wafer technology and Diodes' world-class packaging capabilities, we will be able to offer a far superior product to the discrete semiconductor market in respect to both cost and performance."

Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, APD Semiconductor's main product focus is its patented and trademarked Super Barrier Rectifier (SBR) technology. Using a low-cost IC wafer process, the Super Barrier Rectifier technology uses a MOS cellular design to replace standard traditional Schottky or PN junction diodes. The SBR technology uses an innovative patented process technique that allows its key parameters to be easily tuned to optimize any customer applications. This adaptive and scalable technology allows for increased power saving with better efficiency and reliability at higher operating temperatures for end user applications such as digital audio players, DC/DC converters, AC/DC power supplies, LCD monitors, Power-over-Ethernet (POE), Power Factor Correction (PFC), and TV/satellite set-top boxes. The SBR technology offers industry-leading products such as the SBR20U100, which has the lowest forward voltage (VF) and the highest efficiency and power saving in its class.

"The Super Barrier Rectifier patented technology allows for growth into new high-performance market opportunities and is a natural fit with Diodes' product technology platform," said Mark King, Diodes' senior vice president of sales and marketing. "This acquisition strengthens our leadership in high-efficiency diodes, and we are very excited about the ways we can utilize these technologies to deliver next-generation discrete devices across a number of high-volume applications."

APD's breakthrough Low VF 300 V SBR product line offers a more cost-effective solution to break into the higher-voltage markets to compete against existing technologies, such as silicon carbide and gallium arsenide diodes. APD also brings to Diodes intellectual property that includes several trademarks and patents.

About APD Semiconductor Inc.
APD Semiconductor Inc. is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with a design center in Seattle, WA, and a sales, application, and administration center in Taipei, Taiwan.

About Diodes Inc.
Diodes Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality discrete and analog semiconductor products, primarily to the communications, computing, industrial, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. The company's corporate sales, marketing, engineering, and logistics headquarters is located in southern California, with two manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China, a wafer fabrication plant in Kansas City, MO, engineering, sales, warehouse, and logistics offices in Taipei, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and sales and support offices throughout the world. Diodes Inc. recently acquired Anachip Corp., a fabless analog IC company in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.

Diodes Inc.'s product focus is on subminiature surface-mount discrete devices, analog power management ICs, and Hall-effect sensors, all of which are widely used in end-user equipment, such as TV/satellite set-top boxes, portable DVD players, datacom devices, ADSL modems, power supplies, medical devices, wireless notebooks, flat-panel displays, digital cameras, mobile handsets, DC-to-DC conversion, Wireless 802.11 LAN access points, brushless DC motor fans, and automotive applications. For further information, including SEC filings, visit the company's Web site.

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