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SST Reports Results for Second Quarter 2001.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2001

SST SST: see airplane.  (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc In the late 1980s, Bing Yeh and his cofounder assembled a small team of engineers in a rented office on Apollo Way in Sunnyvale, Calif., to develop a new breed of nonvolatile memory technology—SuperFlash—for code or data storage in electronic systems and embedded memory for .) (Nasdaq:SSTI SSTI State Science & Technology Institute (Westerville, OH)
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) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001.

Net revenues for the second quarter were $62.7 million, compared with $86.3 million in the first quarter of 2001 and with $103.2 million in the second quarter a year ago.

Net profit for the second quarter of 2001 was $1.1 million, or a profit of $0.01 per share, based on approximately 96.0 million diluted shares outstanding. This compares with a net profit of $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2001, or a profit of $0.06 per share, based on approximately 96.4 million diluted shares outstanding and with a net profit for the second quarter of 2000 of $22.5 million, or $0.24 per share, based on approximately 95.8 million diluted shares outstanding.

"The second quarter was another difficult quarter for the industry and for SST due to the excess inventory situation and a continuing slowdown in new orders," said Bing Yeh, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "In reaction to sluggish sales, we were able to work with our foundry partners to significantly reduce our wafer-start rate in order to control our inventory level.

"Despite the slowdown, however, SST is continuing its focus on strategic product development. During the second quarter, we introduced a new family of Small-Sector Flash (SSF SSF Scalable Simulation Framework
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) memory products. This new 29 Series SSF family product is the first product on the market that allows a 55 nanosecond (1) One billionth of a second. Used to measure the speed of logic and memory chips, a nanosecond can be visualized by converting it to distance. In one nanosecond, electricity travels approximately a foot in a wire.  read access speed and a low standby current in a small 128 Byte (BinarY TablE) The common unit of computer storage from desktop computer to mainframe. It is made up of eight binary digits (bits). A ninth bit may be used in the memory circuits as a parity bit for error checking.  sector architecture. Using these products, system designs no longer have to sacrifice read access speeds in order to have small-sector flash memory with low power consumption. They are ideal for digital consumer applications such as PDAs, electronic organizers See PDA. , data pagers and video games See video game console. .

"Recently, at the Embedded Systems Embedded systems

Computer systems that cannot be programmed by the user because they are preprogrammed for a specific task and are buried within the equipment they serve.
 Conference in Chicago, we announced a new concurrent SuperFlash product family that combines small footprint, low energy consumption with simultaneous read/write operation. As the first product in this new 36 Series Concurrent SuperFlash (CSF Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Analysis Definition

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) family, it has the industry's smallest footprint for a 16 Mbit flash memory device, while reducing battery consumption substantially below that of competing solutions. It is especially ideal for mobile and wireless communications wireless communications

System using radio-frequency, infrared, microwave, or other types of electromagnetic or acoustic waves in place of wires, cables, or fibre optics to transmit signals or data.
 applications such as cell phones, Bluetooth modules, global positioning systems Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
Global Positioning System (GPS)

Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use.
 and wireless modems A modem and antenna that transmits and receives over the air. Wireless modems support several technologies, including 802.11, Bluetooth, CDPD, DataTAC, Mobitex and Ricochet. There are wireless modems for laptops, handhelds and cellphones. .

"We also expanded our embedded Inserted into. See embedded system.  mass storage portfolio with a new ATA-Disk Module (ADM See add/drop multiplexer.

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) family to meet market demand for high-performance and easy-to-implement embedded mass storage solutions for applications such as set-top boxes The cable TV box that sits on "top" of the TV "set," although it is often located several feet away in an equipment rack. The set-top box descrambles the premium channels and provides a tuner for the higher cable numbers that very old TVs did not support. , thin client systems, network computers, Internet appliances Also called "information appliance," "smart appliance," and "Web appliance," it is a device specialized for accessing the Web and/or e-mail. Designed for ease of use, it plugs into a telephone jack or LAN connection for Internet hookup.  and other PC-based systems.

"In addition, we introduced a second generation ATA-Disk Chip (ADC (1) See A/D converter.

(2) (Apple Display Connector) A peripheral connector from Apple that combines digital video display, USB and power in one cable.
) family of products that are an easy-to-implement replacement for conventional IDE (1) (Integrated Development Environment) A set of programs run from a single user interface. For example, programming languages often include a text editor, compiler and debugger, which are all activated and function from a common menu.  hard disk drives in applications that require low power and high-performance mass data storage.

"The interest in licensing our SuperFlash technology for embedded applications An application that permanently resides in an industrial or consumer device. Providing some type of control function and/or user interface, the software is typically stored in a non-volatile memory such as ROM or flash memory.  has continued to grow from global companies worldwide. We expect our licensing business to continue its robust growth through 2001. With the leverage of technology licensing, we have also been able to secure more capacity with advanced technologies from both existing and new wafer foundry partners. After suffering from a severe capacity shortage during most of 2000, our goal is to secure ample capacity with deep sub-micron process technologies during the current industry slowdown for our next round of growth. Our strategy is to work with foundries that are memory producers who understand the memory market's demand for low cost wafers and high volume production.

"Earlier this year, we announced a deep sub-micron foundry agreement with Vanguard International, an affiliate of TSMC TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd
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. Vanguard, which last year announced its transformation from a DRAM product company to a semiconductor memory foundry, will manufacture SST's 0.18 micron and 0.13 micron flash memory chips at its facilities in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. This relationship allows SST to secure additional deep sub-micron capacity, which is strategically important for us as we expand into higher density flash markets.

"In April, we announced the expansion of our technology licensing and foundry agreement with Samsung. This agreement expands our partnership to include additional deep sub-micron technology and facilitates our move from current 0.33 micron to smaller process geometries including 0.25 micron, 0.18 micron and 0.13 micron. This agreement also expands our potential for a future royalty stream as Samsung intends to embed em·bed   also im·bed
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 SST's SuperFlash technology into its high-volume products, such as smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications.  and embedded microcontrollers.

"In May, we also announced a foundry, technology licensing and joint product development agreement with Nanya Technology. Under this agreement, Nanya will serve as a foundry for SST's 0.25 micron and 0.18 micron flash memory products. Nanya, which is focused on the DRAM production and memory foundry business, will process SuperFlash as the sole nonvolatile memory See non-volatile memory.  technology in its factories. Our two companies will also work together to jointly develop applications specific flash memory products with densities comparable to DRAM for mass storage or computer main memory applications.

"In short, we believe that our diversified product portfolio, our strength in flash technology, our new design wins in major emerging markets, our strong manufacturing partners and our technology licensing business model will help us weather the current gloomy macro economic climate.

"Furthermore, we will continue to focus on new product development, managing our expenses and making the appropriate strategic investments. We believe these activities, combined with our strong balance sheet, will continue to allow us the highest probability of success in expanding our market share. I am confident that SST is well positioned to emerge from this cycle a stronger, and more dominant player in the global flash memory market."

Third Quarter 2001 Outlook

For the third quarter of 2001, the company expects revenue to be in the range of $60 to $70 million. The tax rate is expected to remain at 38 percent. Earnings per share are expected to be in the range of a net loss of $0.02 to a net profit of $0.02.

Conference Call

SST's quarterly conference call will be held today, July 18th at 1:30 p.m. PDT PDT
Pacific Daylight Time

PDT Pacific Daylight Time

PDT n abbr (US) (= Pacific Daylight Time) → hora de verano del Pacífico

. Those wishing to participate in the conference should dial (866) 580-3168 using the password "SST" at approximately 1:20 p.m. PDT. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing (800) 475-6701 using the access code "594630." A webcast of the conference call will be available on and on Both webcasts will be available until the next earnings conference call.

Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Fair Disclosure The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) Regulation Fair Disclosure, also commonly referred to as Regulation FD or Reg FD was an SEC ruling implemented in October 2000 ([1]).  

In adhering to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Fair Disclosure, SST will provide its investors and analysts with information and some forward-looking guidance each quarter in its earnings news releases and in its conference call. SST will not provide any further guidance or updates on its performance during the quarter unless it does so in a news release, conference call or SEC filing in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure.

About SuperFlash Technology

SST's SuperFlash technology is a NOR type, split-gate cell architecture which uses a reliable thick-oxide process with fewer manufacturing steps resulting in a low-cost, nonvolatile memory solution with excellent data retention and higher reliability. The split-gate NOR SuperFlash architecture facilitates a simple and flexible design suitable for high performance, high reliability, small or medium sector size, in- or off-system programming and a variety of densities, all in a single CMOS-compatible technology.

About Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California Sunnyvale ([sʌniveil]) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. It is one of the major cities that make up the Silicon Valley. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 131,760. , SST designs, manufactures and markets a diversified range of nonvolatile memory solutions, based on proprietary, patented SuperFlash technology, for high volume applications in the digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing markets. SST's product families include high functionality flash memory components, flash mass storage products and 8-bit microcontrollers with on-chip flash memory. SST also offers its SuperFlash technology for embedded applications through its world-class manufacturing partners and technology licensees IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Motorola, National Semiconductor, Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., Samsung Electronics Samsung Electronics (SEC, Hangul:삼성전자; KSE: 005930, KSE: 005935, LSE: SMSN, LSE: SMSD) is a South Korean multinational corporation and the world's largest and leading electronics and information technology company.  Co. Ltd., SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Seiko Epson Seiko Epson Corporation (セイコーエプソン株式会社   Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). TSMC offers SuperFlash under its trademark Emb-FLASH. Further information on SST can be found on the company's Web site at

Forward-Looking Statements forward-looking statement

A projected financial statement based on management expectations. A forward-looking statement involves risks with regard to the accuracy of assumptions underlying the projections.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding flash memory market conditions, the company's future financial performance, the performance of new products and the company's ability to bring new products to market that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks may include timely development, acceptance and pricing of new products, the terms and conditions associated with licensees' royalty payments, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and general economic conditions as they affect the company's customers, as well as other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.

Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 for the year ended December 31, 2000 and report on Form 10-Q Form 10-Q

See 10-Q.
 for the quarter ended March 31, 2001.

Note to Editors: The SST logo and SuperFlash are registered trademarks of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. Emb-FLASH is a trademark of TSMC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

            Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. and Subsidiary
            Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                 (in thousands except per share data)

                          Three months ended        Six months ended
                               June 30,                 June 30,
                          2000          2001        2000        2001
                             (unaudited)              (unaudited)
Net revenues:
 Product revenues      $102,076      $ 52,897    $163,889    $132,826
 Technology licensing     1,110         9,818       1,611      16,187
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
  Total net revenues    103,186        62,715     165,500     149,013

Cost of revenues         57,084        38,037      93,559      95,395
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
Gross profit             46,102        24,678      71,941      53,618
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
Operating expenses:
 Research and
  development             9,181        12,425      17,257      24,711
 Sales and marketing      5,876         6,179      10,503      12,523
 General and
  administrative          3,680         5,637       6,319      10,445
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
   Total operating
    expenses             18,737        24,241      34,079      47,679
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
Income from
 operations              27,365           437      37,862       5,939
Interest and other
 income                   3,082         1,469       3,100       4,846
Interest expense           (101)          (87)       (545)       (186)
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
Income before
 provision for
 income taxes            30,346         1,819      40,417      10,599
Provision for
 income taxes             7,810           692       8,237       4,028
                       --------      --------    --------    --------
Net income             $ 22,536      $  1,127    $ 32,180    $  6,571
                       ========      ========    ========    ========
Net income per
 share - basic         $   0.25      $   0.01    $   0.39    $   0.07
                       ========      ========    ========    ========
Shares used in per
 share calculation       88,753        90,982      82,530      90,827
                       ========      ========    ========    ========
Net income per
 share - diluted       $   0.24      $   0.01    $   0.36    $   0.07
                       ========      ========    ========    ========
Shares used in per
 share calculation       95,842        96,001      90,444      96,212
                       ========      ========    ========    ========

            Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. and Subsidiary
                 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                            (in thousands)

                                   December 31,     June 30,
                                      2000            2001


Current assets:
 Cash, cash equivalents and
  short-term investments           $249,049        $145,052
 Trade accounts receivable, net     126,258          65,962
 Inventories                         73,290         179,239
 Other current assets                24,326          32,733
                                   --------        --------
    Total current assets            472,923         422,986

Equipment, furniture and
 fixtures, net                       16,874          24,540
Other assets                         22,793          85,076
                                   --------        --------
    Total assets                   $512,590        $532,602
                                   ========        ========


Current liabilities:
 Notes payable, current portion    $     --        $    299
 Trade accounts payable              46,523          63,300
 Accrued expenses and other
  liabilities                        33,879          23,697
 Deferred revenue                    15,274          18,373
                                   --------        --------
    Total current liabilities        95,676         105,669

Other liabilities                       279           1,575
                                   --------        --------
    Total liabilities                95,955         107,244
                                   --------        --------


Common stock                        330,310         332,377
Accumulated other
 comprehensive income                   132             217
Retained earnings                    86,193          92,764
                                   --------        --------
    Total shareholders' equity      416,635         425,358
                                   --------        --------
     Total liabilities and
      shareholders' equity         $512,590        $532,602
                                   ========        ========
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