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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation for Excellence in Research in high performance magneto resistive random access memory (MRAM) integrated circuits.

Date Published: 26 May 2005
Naples, Fla. ó May 25, 2005 ó Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation is being recognized as the recipient of the 2005 Semiconductor Technologies Excellence in Research of the Year Award tonight at Frost & Sullivanís third annual Excellence in Industrial Technologies Banquet.

This recognition comes from the companyís outstanding contributions toward the research, development, and commercialization of high performance magneto resistive random access memory (MRAM) integrated circuits.

Based out of Plymouth, MN, Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation possesses industry-leading MRAM design capabilities making them the premier MRAM developer. The company serves a variety of industries and markets including computers, computer peripherals, wireless communications, electronic consumer and industrial markets.

With increasing demand for portable consumer products such as laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and cell phones, there is a need for more advanced features with increased functionality and memory capacity. MRAM allows for a single memory solution within one chip, enabling faster, lower power, cost-effective solutions for next-generation wireless and other memory-intensive products.

Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation has a suite of innovative parallel and serial standalone MRAM devices whose storage densities ranging from 4Kb to 1Mb. Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation plans to introduce 16Mb, 64Mb and 128Mb MRAM ICs as well as 256Mb ICs by the end of 2005, utilizing 0.18 žm technology, 0.13 žm technology, and 90 nm technology. "Further, the company has significant metallization process capabilities and advance packaging solutions, both central to the fabrication of embedded and stand-alone MRAM ICs," says Research Analyst, Sivakumar Muthuramalingam.

Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporationís proven excellence in research and technology development for MRAM integrated circuits makes it a worthy recipient of Frost & Sullivanís 2005 Excellence in Research of the Year Award.

Held in Naples, Fla., Frost & Sullivanís Excellence in Industrial Technologies Awards Banquet honors world-class companies for outstanding performance and achievements in their industries. An annual event, the banquet recognizes the quality and merit of distinguished individuals and companies.

About Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation

Northern Lights Semiconductor Corporation (NLSC), located in Plymouth, Minnesota, was founded and incorporated in 2003. NLSC designs, manufactures and markets high-density EMRAM ICs for both embedded and non-embedded applications. NLSC has significant metallization process capabilities and advance packaging expertise, both central to the fabrication of embedded and stand-alone EMRAM ICs. NLSC has developed a family of parallel and serial standalone EMRAM devices with storage densities ranging from 4Kb to 1Mb. NLSC also offers embedded EMRAM (eEMRAM) up to 1Mb for ASIC and SoC. It serves customers in a variety of industries and markets including computer, computer peripheral, communication, consumer and industrial markets.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community, by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com.