AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2005--SigmaTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTL), a leader in analog intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits, announced today it is shipping products fully compliant with the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, or "Green" specification. By offering RoHS-compliant solutions well in advance of the July 2006 deadline set by EU, SigmaTel is best positioned to enable customers for a more empowered transition of their designs to the new standards.
As of July 1, 2006, the RoHS directive will require the removal of six hazardous substances, including lead, from all electronic products shipped into the EU. Additional legislation is also in development for geographies including China and some states within the U.S. This is important to SigmaTel as its products are incorporated into consumer devices, and into computers and computer peripherals which are sold into retail channels within the EU and throughout the world.
In efforts to ensure product quality is maintained throughout this transition, SigmaTel conducted thorough research and testing to qualify all new compliant products. In addition, the company has instituted an annual audit plan to verify all manufacturing processes while qualifying its supplier partners for RoHS compliance. Also, to smoothly transition customers who still require current Pb-bearing standards, each SigmaTel product can be purchased with either a Pb-bearing or Pb-free finish. This flexible offering enables all current products to maintain a quality and functional consistency regardless of the customer's SMT process while allowing SigmaTel the option to transition to 100% "Green" compliance at any time between now and July 2006.
"The purpose of SigmaTel's environmental roadmap is to do more than merely comply with future standards," said Steve Beatty, senior vice president of operations and engineering services at SigmaTel, Inc. "We are taking a pro-active position to be a leader and a promoter of these very important initiatives and are partnering with our customers and suppliers to understand and follow these directives."
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SigmaTel, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Austin, Texas, designs, develops, and markets proprietary, analog intensive, mixed-signal ICs for a variety of products in the consumer electronics and computing markets, including portable compressed audio players, such as MP3 players, notebook and desktop PCs, DVD players, digital televisions, and set-top boxes. SigmaTel provides complete, system-level solutions that include highly-integrated ICs, customizable firmware and software, software development tools, reference designs, and applications support. The Company's focus is on providing system-level solutions that enable customers to rapidly introduce and offer electronic products that are small, light-weight, power-efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. SigmaTel is ISO 9001:2000 certified and is committed to providing customers with high performance, quality products along with superior customer service.
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current SigmaTel expectations. The words "expect," "will," "should," "would," "anticipate," "project," "outlook," "believe," "intend," and similar phrases as they relate to SigmaTel or future events are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of SigmaTel, but are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, and there will be events in the future that SigmaTel is not able to accurately predict or control. For a discussion of factors that could impact SigmaTel's financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, please refer to recent SigmaTel filings with the SEC, particularly the 424(b)(4) final prospectuses filed September 19, 2003 and February 19, 2004, the Form 10-Qs that were filed on October 29, 2003, April 20, 2004, July 20, 2004 and October 19, 2004, the Form 10-K that was filed on February 17, 2004, and the Form 10-K that SigmaTel filed February 8, 2005 covering the annual period ended December 31, 2004.
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