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DALSA to Discuss MEMS Fabrication at METRIC 2010

DALSA Corporation (TSX:DSA), a world-leading semiconductor and MEMS foundry, will participate in a panel discussion on MEMS fabrication at METRIC 2010 in San Jose, CA, held May 18-19, 2010.

METRIC is the annual meeting for MEMS Industry Group (MIG) members; the goal of METRIC 2010 is to identify and overcome technical and business challenges in regards to MEMS fabrication.

The morning panel on May 19 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.) will discuss "The Many Faces of MEMS Fabrication – In-house, Fab-lite, and Fab-less." On this panel, MEMS companies will discuss the technical challenges and different experiences of the fab vs. fab-less vs. fab-lite models. Panelists will delve into the benefits and pitfalls of each model, and weigh the significant tradeoffs that come when choosing a model. DALSA Semiconductor Executive Vice President and General Manager Foundry Operation, Claude Jean, will share his experiences at DALSA's MEMS foundry with the attendees.

Joining Mr. Jean on the panel will be: Salah Uddin, Partner, Co-Founder, Nanoshift LLC; Scott Naugle, VP, Manufacturing, Akustica; Ruta Venclovas, Consultant; Dr. Carolyn White, Associate, AM Fitzgerald & Associates; and Dr. Uwe Kleinkes, CEO, IVAM as the moderator.

DALSA was recently ranked as the world's leading independent pure-play MEMS foundry by Yole Développement, 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 US dollar increase in MEMS revenue in 2009, the third highest growth rate among all MEMS suppliers. As an "independent pure-play MEMS foundry", DALSA focuses on providing MEMS wafer fabrication services to fab-less and fab-lite semiconductor companies, rather than producing its own devices.

Mr. Claude Jean is Executive Vice President and General Manager of DALSA's Semiconductor's foundry. Prior to this role, he has served as Vice President & Assistant General Manager and Director of Operations of DALSA Semiconductor. Before joining DALSA, he was Director of Operations for Zarlink Semiconductor. Mr. Jean holds a B.Sc. and a Masters degree in Physics from University of Sherbrooke, Canada, and a graduate degree in microelectronics from University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. He also completed an MBA from University of Sherbrooke in 2006. He was appointed co-president of the board of directors of NanoQuebec in 2009.



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