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Phoenix, AZ - March 16, 2000 - ON Semiconductor, a leading supplier of analog, logic, and discrete semiconductor components, announced that it has presented a grant to advance research in the field of automotive electronics. Research efforts will be headed by Dr. John Shen, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering and the Automotive Engineering Interdisciplinary Program.

Automotive electronics makes up 17 percent of ON Semiconductor's business. Many of the power products produced by ON Semiconductor are essential to the construction of ignition coils and engine module boards that are vital to an automobile's functions.

"Dr. Shen is in a unique position, not only to provide technology information to ON Semiconductor, but to provide important research to benefit the entire automotive industry with essential knowledge in the area of applications research for automotive systems," said Joe Neel, Director of Strategy and Planning for Technology Development at ON Semiconductor. "Dr Shen will be a valuable conduit of information about the future direction of automotive electronic systems, and we are confident that this gift will assist Dr. Shen in his research."

With the research funds, Dr. Shen is forming the Automotive Semiconductor Device Research Laboratory (ASDRL) to explore the possibility of uniting semiconductor design engineers with automotive systems engineers in the early design stage of an automotive electrical system. One area of focus is the requirements of future 42-V automotive systems.

"It is the mission of the ASDRL to identify and develop the most cost-effective semiconductor components for specific automotive applications by creating an interactive and cooperative research environment with active participation from both automotive and semiconductor industries," said Dr. Shen.

Dr. Shen was chosen due to his extensive background in automotive electronic research. He has more than twenty publications in this area of study. He also has four issued and six pending U.S. patents. Dr. Shen received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tshingha University, Beijing, China in 1987, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Between 1994 and 1999, he was an employee of Motorola Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, where he held the position of Senior Principal Staff Engineer. He was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in September of 1999, with teaching responsibilities in the areas of power electronics and automotive electronics.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor is one of the world's largest suppliers of analog, standard logic, and discrete semiconductors for data and power management, with shipments of approximately 19 billion units and net product revenue of over US$1.6 billion (pro forma) in 1999. ON Semiconductor's products include integrated circuits for high-bandwidth data applications, analog ICs for power management and low-voltage power transistors. In addition to using micropackaging technology across all product families, ON Semiconductor offers the largest selection of discrete semiconductors in a variety of surface mount and standard packages. These semiconductors turn on and connect digital electronic products to our world. ON Semiconductor is the tradename of SCG Holding Corporation.

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