Toshiba and Kaga Toshiba Celebrate the New Opening of the New 200mm Wafer-Based Production Fab

    TOKYO, October 15 /CNW/ - Toshiba Corporation and Kaga Toshiba
Electronics Corporation (Kaga Toshiba) today marked the official opening of a
new semiconductor production fab based on 200mm wafers at Kaga Toshiba, a
consolidated subsidiary of Toshiba based in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. The
new fab will enhance production capacity for power devices.

    Demand is growing for power devices that control current flow and voltage
conversion in digital consumer products, including TVs and personal mobile
equipment, and hybrid vehicles. Toshiba and Kaga Toshiba's investment in the
new production fab will increase capacity for these key devices.

    The new fab came on-line at the end of September, completing the first
phase of an investment program in a new building and production equipment that
is expected to be total 55 billion yen in the five years from FY2006 to
FY2010. The new fab is planned to ramp up to 60,000 wafers a month, and
capacity may be further expanded to meet market growth. This new fab will
reinforce Toshiba's drive to become the world's leading manufacturer of power

    Toshiba Group's well-balanced semiconductor business covers three major
product areas: system LSIs, memories and discrete devices. Kaga Toshiba
operates as a key Toshiba Group facility for discrete devices, carrying out
product development and front- and back-end processes for small-signal devices
and power devices.

    "We promote investments that reinforce our position and capabilities in
our core markets," said Mr. Keizo Tani, Executive Vice President of Toshiba's
Semiconductor Company and Vice President of Discrete Semiconductor Division.
"Alongside our proactive investments in NAND Flash memory at Yokkaichi
Operations and cutting-edge LSI at Oita Operations, we are promoting this
investment in Kaga Toshiba in order to expand our businesses in power devices,
a key product area, and to reinforce the overall profitability of the
semiconductor business."

    Mr. Tatsuro Mitani, President of Kaga Toshiba Electronics, also welcomed
the new facility: "Power devices have a very promising future," he said, "and
this market-appropriate investment will strengthen our discrete business and
allow us to generate sustained profit. Our goal now is to use this new fab to
position Toshiba as the world leader in power devices."

    Overview of Kaga Toshiba Electronics Corporation:

    Location:        1-1, Iwauchi-cho, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa Pref., Japan
    Established:     December 6, 1984
    President and
    Representative   Tatsuro Mitani
    Employees:       Approx. 850
    Capitalization:  3.3 billion yen (Wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba)
    Main Products:   Discrete semiconductors (small-signal devices and
                      power devices)

    Overview of new production fab:

    Structure of Building:  Steel frame concrete, two stories
    Total Floor Area:       approx. 23,000m2
    Start Construction:     September, 2006
    Completion:             May, 2007


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