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Revenue and gross margin sequentially up

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Oct. 20, 2005 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: ONNN) today announced that total revenues in the third quarter of 2005 were $313.6 million, an increase of approximately 4 percent from the second quarter of 2005. During the third quarter of 2005, the company reported net income of $23.5 million, or $0.06 per share on a fully diluted basis, which included restructuring, asset impairments and other charges of $0.2 million. During the second quarter of 2005, the company reported net income of $18.5 million, or $0.05 per share, which included restructuring, asset impairments and other charges of $2.8 million or $0.01 per share.

On a mix-adjusted basis, average selling prices in the third quarter of 2005 were down approximately 3 percent from the second quarter of 2005. The company’s gross margin in the third quarter was 33.2 percent, an increase of approximately 70 basis points as compared to the second quarter of 2005.

EBITDA for the third quarter of 2005 was $65.4 million and included $0.2 million in restructuring, asset impairments and other charges. EBITDA for the second quarter of 2005 was $59.5 million and included $2.8 million in restructuring, asset impairments and other charges. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the company’s net income (net loss) and net cash provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP is set out in the attached schedule.

The $0.2 million in restructuring, asset impairments and other charges for the third quarter of 2005 was primarily for accrued severance and other exit costs related to previously announced restructuring activities.

“In the third quarter of 2005, we continued to successfully grow both revenue and gross margin,” said Keith Jackson, ON Semiconductor president and CEO. “Our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments reached a record high at $272.3 million and offer the company continued financial flexibility to further reduce interest expense. Our beginning backlog entering the fourth quarter increased sequentially for the second consecutive quarter and we are excited about our financial prospects for the fourth quarter.”

FOURTH QUARTER 2005 OUTLOOK
“Based upon booking trends, backlog levels and estimated turns levels, we anticipate that total revenues will be up approximately 2 to 3 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2005,” Jackson said. “Backlog levels at the beginning of the fourth quarter were up from backlog levels at the beginning of the third quarter of 2005, and represented over 85 percent of our anticipated fourth quarter revenues. We expect that average selling prices will be down approximately 2 percent for the fourth quarter of 2005. We also expect cost reductions to offset the decline in average selling prices and that gross margins will be up approximately 100 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2005.”

TELECONFERENCE
ON Semiconductor will hold a conference call for the financial community at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (EDT) today to discuss the third quarter results. The company will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its website at https://www.onsemi.com. The webcast will be available for approximately 30 days following the conference call.

About ON Semiconductor
With its global logistics network and strong portfolio of power semiconductor devices, ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a preferred supplier of power solutions to engineers, purchasing professionals, distributors and contract manufacturers in the computer, cell phone, portable devices, automotive and industrial markets. For more information, please visit ON Semiconductor’s website at https://www.onsemi.com.

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This news release includes “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements and are often characterized by the use of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “intends,” “plans,” or “anticipates,” or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. In this news release, forward-looking information relates to the fourth quarter of 2005 and its bookings trends, backlog levels, estimated turns levels, revenues, gross margins and average selling prices, and similar matters. All forward-looking statements in this news release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Among these factors are changes in overall economic conditions, the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, changes in demand for our products, changes in inventories at our customers and distributors, technological and product development risks, availability of raw materials, competitors' actions, pricing and gross margin pressures, loss of key customers, order cancellations or reduced bookings, changes in manufacturing yields, control of costs and expenses, significant litigation, risks associated with acquisitions and dispositions, risks associated with our substantial leverage and restrictive covenants in our debt agreements, risks associated with our international operations, the threat or occurrence of international armed conflict and terrorist activities both in the United States and internationally, risks and costs associated with increased and new regulation of corporate governance and disclosure standards (including pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), and risks involving environmental or other governmental regulation. Additional factors that could affect the company's future operating results are described in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 under the caption “Trends, Risks and Uncertainties” in the MD&A section, and other factors are described from time to time in our subsequent SEC filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information.

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About onsemi

onsemi (Nasdaq: ON) is driving disruptive innovations to help build a better future. With a focus on automotive and industrial end-markets, the company is accelerating change in megatrends such as vehicle electrification and safety, sustainable energy grids, industrial automation, and 5G and cloud infrastructure. With a highly differentiated and innovative product portfolio, onsemi creates intelligent power and sensing technologies that solve the world’s most complex challenges and leads the way in creating a safer, cleaner, and smarter world.

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onsemi and the onsemi logo are trademarks of Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. Although the Company references its website in this news release, information on the website is not to be incorporated herein.

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