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New manufacturing platform to pave the way for ultra-small packages that maintain industry-leading

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it plans to introduce a new manufacturing
platform capable of producing a wide range of ultra-small, low-cost leadless packages to address
the space and performance needs of wireless, networking and consumer electronic applications.

Using a versatile manufacturing flow that incorporates processes taken from ON Semiconductor's high
volume SOT-series and SC-series production lines, the new MicroLeadless family of packages provides
improved thermal and RF performance in a footprint that is typically one-fourth the area of leaded
surface mount packages.

ON Semiconductor currently plans to introduce two-leaded and three-leaded versions as small as 1.0
mm by 0.6 mm for diodes and transistors. The company is also designing versions with eight or more
leads in a 2.0mm by 2.0mm size for more complex devices such as ON Semiconductor's broadband,
analogue, logic or micro-integration ICs. The manufacturing concept is extremely flexible,
offering the possibility for unique and optimised physical configurations depending on customer

"It is clear that leadless packages will be the packages of choice for designers of next generation
electronic devices," said Collette Hunt, vice president and general manager of the Bipolar Discrete
Business Group at ON Semiconductor. "The transition to leadless packaging will be on a scale
similar to that which occurred when through-hole products gave way to surface mount, space
considerations make that inevitable."

Alistair Banham, president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa for ON
Semiconductor stated, "We chose to announce this new package platform here in Europe due to the
large number of key customers in the region that are requiring ON Semiconductor's leading-edge
miniature packages. The initial response to the MicroLeadless platform has been resoundingly
positive. We plan to justify that support through diligent attention to our customer's needs."

The company is accepting inquiries for product samples in various configurations now, and expects
to begin volume production by December 2001.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a global supplier of high-performance broadband and power
management integrated circuits and standard semiconductors used in numerous advanced devices
ranging from high-speed fibre optic networking equipment to the precise power management functions
in today's advanced portable electronics. For more information visit ON Semiconductor's Web site

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ON Semiconductor


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