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Viking InterWorks Ships RoHS-Compliant Memory Module Products

Environmentally Friendly RoHS-Compliant Memory Modules Help OEMs Meet EU Directive by July 2006 Deadline

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Viking InterWorks, a Sanmina-SCI Company (Nasdaq: SANM - News) and designer and manufacturer of memory modules, today announced it is currently shipping RoHS- (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant products to multiple customers, meeting the European Union's (EU's) Directive (2002/95/EC) that requires the removal of a number of hazardous substances, including lead and other materials, from electronic components, products and assemblies by July 1, 2006. Sanmina-SCI continues to advance its technology leadership role by proactively developing and implementing RoHS-compliant processes and products, successfully partnering with its customers in developing a "green strategy" in advance of the July 1, 2006 deadline. By adopting a "green strategy," organizations work to achieve rapid and cost-effective compliance of their products with pending global environmental protection initiatives such as RoHS.

"We are committed to taking a leadership role in protecting our environment and ensuring our customers have a comprehensive 'green strategy' in place," stated Mark Ellsberry, Vice President of Marketing for Viking InterWorks. "The EU Directive calls for all new electrical and electronic products brought to market after July 1, 2006 to meet specific laws enacted by the individual EU countries. As a result, all Viking InterWorks' components used in the design and manufacture of memory modules are lead free. Additionally, the PCBs used in memory modules do not contain either PBB or PBDE. Our number one goal is to help our customers meet the emerging global requirements and produce environmentally friendly electronic products."

Mike Shannon, Senior Vice President of RoHS/WEEE Compliance for Sanmina-SCI added: "By offering RoHS-compliant products well in advance of the July 2006 deadline by the EU, customers can immediately adopt environmentally friendly products and align their organizations with the RoHS Directive as they evolve their businesses in all geographic areas worldwide."

The Sanmina-SCI RoHS program and "green services" initiative has stringently focused on materials scheduled to be banned under the European Parliament Directive 2002/95/EC, which includes lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). In addition to industry-leading internal programs, Sanmina-SCI participates in industry and customer-focused lead-free consortia initiatives such as the National Electronics Manufacturers Initiative (NEMI) and IPC/JEDEC committees. Sanmina-SCI's objective is to encourage and facilitate the open exchange of ideas and technology that will address the needs of our global environment today and in the future.

Part numbers for RoHS-compliant products from Viking InterWorks have been changed to the following: "VI" to "VR." For more information, visit www.vikinginterworks.com.

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