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Atmel and Tower Semiconductor Announce Joint CMOS Image Sensor Technology and Product Development Agreement

    San Jose, California, Migdal Haemek, Israel (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Tower's 0.18-Micron Technology Will Be Used in Atmel's Next-Generation CMOS Image Sensor Products

    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Nasdaq: TSEM; TASE), a pure-play independent specialty foundry, announced today that they have agreed on a CMOS image sensor technology development partnership.

    Atmel and Tower will work together to design and develop process technology predominantly to be used in consumer products. Under the agreement, both companies have rights to use the jointly developed technology. Tower revenue from this agreement will be from foundry wafer sales and is expected to start in 2006.

    Tower and Atmel will be developing CMOS image sensor-related processes, including technology modules specifically designed for advanced photodiode structures. Process development and fabrication activities will be carried out at Tower's Fab2 in Migdal Haemek, Israel. Atmel's engineering team in Grenoble, France, will perform circuit and pixel design and productization activities.

    "We're excited to be teaming with Tower on design and development efforts to produce cutting-edge CMOS image sensors," said Jean-Philippe Lamarcq, Imaging Product Line director of Atmel. "As our customers' technology demands get more sophisticated, we realize the value of working with a specialized foundry that has a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing state-of-the-art CMOS image sensors."

    "Partnering with Atmel, which brings years of image sensor experience in both CCD and CMOS technologies, will benefit both Tower and its customers by creating innovative technologies to produce a wide variety of advanced CMOS image sensors," said Cliff Drowley, vice president of Tower's CMOS Image Sensor Technology Line. "We are excited to be working with Atmel to create next-generation solutions."

    About Atmel

    Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R)

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    About Tower Semiconductor Ltd.

    Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is a pure-play independent wafer foundry established in 1993. The company manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13 micron; it also provides complementary technical services and design support. In addition to digital CMOS process technology, Tower offers advanced non-volatile memory solutions, mixed-signal and CMOS image-sensor technologies. To provide world-class customer service, the company maintains two manufacturing facilities: Fab 1 has process technologies from 1.0 to 0.35 micron and can produce up to 16,000 150mm wafers per month. Fab 2 features 0.18-micron and below standard and specialized process technologies, and has the current capacity of up to 15,000 200mm wafers per month. Tower's Web site is located at .

    Safe Harbor

    This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) the successful completion of the development by Atmel and Tower of the CMOS image-sensor process technologies to be utilized in Tower's facility, (ii) market acceptance and competitiveness of the products to be manufactured by Tower for Atmel using these technologies and (iii) the successful ramp-up of production of the developed technologies. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect our business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Forms 20-F and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Israel Securities Authority.

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        Atmel Press Contacts:
        Sylvie Mattei, Communication Manager, Atmel Grenoble
        Tel:  +33-4-76-58-30-25, Email:
        Ford Kanzler, Manager of Corporate Press Relations - USA and Asia
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      Tower Press Contact
        Corporate Contact          Agency Contact            Investor Relations Contact
        Michael Axelrod              Mary Curtis                 Sheldon Lutch
        Tower Semiconductor USA Pacifico Inc.              Fusion IR & Communications
        +1-408-330-6871              +1-408-293-8600 x302  +1-212-268-1816  

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CONTACT:  Sylvie Mattei, Communication Manager, Atmel Grenoble,  
+33-4-76-58-30-25, or, or Ford Kanzler,
Manager of
Corporate Press Relations - USA and Asia, +1-408-436-4343, or,, or Veronique Sablereau, Corporate Communications
Manager - Europe, +33-1-30-60-70-68, or fax, +49-71-31-67-24-23, or, all of Atmel Corporation; or Michael
Axelrod of
Tower Semiconductor USA, +1-408-330-6871, or, or
Mary Curtis
of Pacifico Inc., +1-408-293-8600, ext. 302, or;
investors, Sheldon Lutch of Fusion IR & Communications,
+1-212-268-1816, or, both for Tower Semiconductor Ltd.

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