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Harris Semiconductor and C.P. Clare announce partnership; Both companies will market each other's surge suppression devices.

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1996-- Harris Semiconductor and C.P. Clare Corp. today announced an agreement whereby each company will market the other's line of transient voltage surge suppression devices and work together on surge suppression product development.

The partnership will broaden the range of surge suppression products offered by both companies. Harris' portfolio of ICs and discrete semiconductor products includes a broad array of protection technologies, but does not include gas discharge tube (GDT) products. C.P. Clare is recognized as a leader in providing communications components including GDTs. Harris and C.P. Clare plan to make the combined portfolio of suppression products available through both companies in Jan. 1997.

Harris and C.P. Clare also intend to jointly develop new products that integrate existing suppression technologies in single packages optimized for telecommunications and AC power applications.

"Harris' and C.P. Clare's suppression portfolios are extremely complementary," said Stephen Ahrens, vice president of Harris Semiconductor's discrete power business. "Each company can now bring to market this combined surge suppression portfolio, and both companies will work closely together on future product offerings to further extend and deepen the portfolio."

"C.P. Clare is very pleased to be working with Harris on this venture," said Chris Noble, vice president and general manager of the C.P. Clare Surge Protection Division. "C.P. Clare's business is based on providing switching, transformer and protection solutions for telecom, ATE and industrial markets. Adding the suppression products from Harris broadens the available solutions from C.P. Clare."

The addition of GDTs to Harris' line card is a further step in becoming a one-stop-shop for transient voltage suppression. Harris Semiconductor already has a comprehensive array of silicon and MOV-based product options. The inclusion of C.P. Clare GDTs enables Harris to better serve the suppression needs of all its customers, and especially those in the telecommunications and AC power markets.

C.P. Clare Corp. (NASDAQ:CPCL) is a leading provider of semiconductor and electromagnetic relays, switches, gas discharge tubes, advanced magnetics and specialized electronic components to the world's foremost manufacturers of electronic equipment. C.P. Clare facilities are located in Beverly, Mass.; Wakefield, Mass.; St. Louis, Mo.; Guadalajara, Mexico; Chi-Tu, Taiwan; and Tongeren, Belgium.

Harris Semiconductor manufactures discrete semiconductors and ICs, with focus on the communications, automotive and power control markets. Production facilities are located in Palm Bay, Fla.; Mountaintop, Pa.; Findlay, Ohio; Dundalk, Ireland; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS), with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company providing a wide range of products and services, such as wireless and personal communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

CONTACT: C.P. Clare Corp.

Robert M. Palladino, 617/863-8700 ext. 704


Harris Semiconductor

John Allen, 407/729-4928
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