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AMI Semiconductor and FLIR Systems Announce Agreement.

AMIS to Manufacture FLIR Microbolometers

POCATELLO, Idaho & PORTLAND, Ore. -- AMI Semiconductor (NASDAQ:AMIS), a designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, and FLIR Systems (NASDAQ:FLIR), the world leader in commercial infrared technology, today announced an agreement for high volume manufacturing of uncooled microbolometer infrared detectors. Under the agreement, FLIR will install its proprietary microbolometer detector process at AMI Semiconductor's Class 1, eight-inch fabrication facility in Pocatello, Idaho. The agreement will expand current microbolometer detector manufacturing capability and will also provide an opportunity to improve yield by installing the process in a Class 1 fabrication facility.

"We are pleased to expand on our already successful partnership with AMIS," said Earl R. Lewis, President, CEO and Chairman of FLIR Systems. "AMIS has supplied the CMOS read-out integrated circuit (ROIC) portion of our detectors for several years. This relationship, coupled with AMI Semiconductor's expertise in custom process installations and Class 1 fabrication, makes them the logical and obvious choice as our high volume microbolometer manufacturing partner."

The implementation of FLIR's proprietary microbolometer production process further demonstrates AMI Semiconductor's value as a foundry for complex semiconductor components. The growth of thermal imaging equipment in both the commercial and military markets requires the high volume, high yield and low cost capabilities that the foundry model offers. AMI Semiconductor's mixed-signal process, manufacturing expertise, and extensive quality certifications make the company an excellent source for FLIR's microbolometer arrays.

"This agreement deepens our existing partnership with FLIR Systems," said Chris King, AMI Semiconductor CEO. "Thermal imaging is a fast growing market in which FLIR and AMIS can develop and supply superior products. We anticipate this relationship to be a longstanding one, benefiting both companies along with FLIR's customers."

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems for a wide variety of thermography and imaging applications including condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, airborne observation and broadcast, search and rescue, drug interdiction, surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring and ground-based security. Visit the company's web site at www.FLIR.com.

About AMI Semiconductor

AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a leader in the design and manufacture of silicon solutions for the real world. As a widely recognized innovator in state-of-the-art integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, AMIS is committed to providing customers with the optimal value, quickest time-to-market semiconductor solutions. Offering unparalleled manufacturing flexibility and dedication to customer service, AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centers located in the key markets of the North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
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