DALSA Ranked Leading MEMS Foundry

WATERLOO, ONTARIO /Marketwire/ -- DALSA Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as the world's leading independent pure-play MEMS foundry by Yole Developpement, a market research firm specializing in MEMS, in their Annual Top 30 MEMS Company Ranking. DALSA joins the Top 30 list for the first time, bolstered by a 19% year-over-year U.S. dollar increase in MEMS revenue in 2009, the third highest growth rate among all MEMS suppliers.

In declaring DALSA's top independent pure-play position, Yole attributed DALSA's success "to significant demand for MEMS products and the start of [DALSA's] new 200 mm MEMS line in 2009." The report went on to say that "MEMS foundries have affirmed their winning business model, benefiting from long-term developments and important contracts now at the commercialization stage."

"Being ranked by Yole as the leading independent pure-play foundry is a significant achievement that confirms the strength of our long-term strategy to be number one in MEMS foundry services," commented Brian Doody, CEO of DALSA Corporation. "I extend my congratulations to the management and staff of DALSA's Bromont Quebec operations for this fantastic accomplishment, and thanks to our customers, suppliers, and partners."

As an "independent pure-play MEMS foundry", DALSA focuses on providing MEMS wafer fabrication services to fabless and fab-lite semiconductor companies—several of which are included in this year's MEMS ranking—rather than producing its own devices. More information regarding Yole's annual ranking of Top 30 MEMS Companies can be found online.

DALSA Corp. is an international leader in high-performance digital imaging and semiconductors, with approximately 1000 employees worldwide. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors, and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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