Press Room

2003 / 03 / 27

Silicon Laboratories and ASE announce milestone shipment of 10 million tested integrated circuits

PAJU, South Korea and AUSTIN, Texas; March 27, 2003 – Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Incorporated (ASE, TAIEX: 2311, NYSE: ASX), one of the world’s largest semiconductor packaging and testing companies, and Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a global leader in mixed signal IC technology, today announced a 10 million unit shipment milestone of Silicon Laboratories’ innovative mixed-signal ICs. This significant milestone is a result of the companies’ partnership for advanced testing at ASE’s Korea facility.

In 2002, Silicon Laboratories began working with ASE on outsourced test and final production. As a result of the successful partnership, Silicon Laboratories was able to fulfill the high demand for their products, shipping 10 million parts in less than one year.

Silicon Laboratories is a fast growing fabless semiconductor company that leverages the use of packaging and testing service providers, such as ASE, for reliable, final production of the company’s advanced IC solutions. This outsourcing model is highly capital efficient, allowing Silicon Laboratories to focus on its core design expertise while relying on the technology and engineering resources of test and manufacturing experts like ASE.

“We view this collaboration as a significant milestone for both Silicon Laboratories and ASE Korea, reaping the benefits of outsourcing, ” said Tien Wu, president of ASE Americas and Europe. “ASE Korea’s facility in Paju has benefited from the country’s rapid development and leadership in communications technology, which attracts companies such as Silicon Laboratories to outsource in Korea, ” he added.

“Asia is the manufacturing hub for most of our customers’ end products. Our partnership with ASE allows us to integrate our manufacturing processes closer to many of our customers, significantly improving the cycle time, ” said Dan Artusi, president and chief operating officer of Silicon Laboratories. “ASE Korea’s expertise in communications IC testing technologies is an ideal counterpart for our stringent requirements of high performance and reliability.”

Korea has become a major manufacturing resource for semiconductor companies worldwide. Rapid expansion of facilities and on-go ing investment in world-class technology has enabled Korea to emerge as a leader for final test and production for the semiconductor industry.

“Customers like Silicon Laboratories, recognize not only the value of our test capabilities but, more importantly, that they can tap into our highly experienced engineering team’s knowledge in test programs and solutions, ” said Jim Stilson, president and general manager, ASE Korea Inc. “ASE Korea’s RF core competency, coupled with our expertise in a broad range of component and module packaging enables us to offer our customers full turnkey service from wafer probe through direct ship.”

About Silicon Laboratories
Silicon Laboratories Inc. designs, manufactures and markets proprietary high-performance mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of communications markets. Silicon Laboratories is an ISO9001-certified manufacturer and has applied for over 161 patents on its mixed-signal technology. Silicon Laboratories was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Austin, Texas. Additional information about Silicon Laboratories is available at or through the toll-free investor relations line at 1-877-411-SLAB (7522).

Cautionary Language
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on Silicon Laboratories’ current expectations. The words “believe, ” “expect, ” “intend, ” “plan, ” “project, ” “will” and similar phrases as they relate to Silicon Laboratories are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of Silicon Laboratories, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, which factors that are detailed in Silicon Laboratories’ filings with the SEC, particularly the Form 10-K filed January 22, 2003. Unless otherwise required by law, Silicon Laboratories expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any result or change in expectations.


About ASE, Inc.

ASE, Inc. is the leading global provider of semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and test. Alongside a broad portfolio of established assembly and test technologies, ASE is also delivering innovative advanced packaging and system-in-package solutions to meet growth momentum across a broad range of end markets, including 5G, AI, Automotive, High-Performance Computing, and more. To learn about our advances in SiP, Fan-out, MEMS & Sensor, Flip Chip, and 2.5D, 3D & TSV technologies, all ultimately geared towards applications to improve lifestyle and efficiency, please visit: or follow us on on LinkedIn and X: @aseglobal.