AMIS Collects Prestigious e-Legacy Award for Medical Advances

Readers of Electronic Product Design (EPD) magazine vote for Ezairo to win

Pocatello, Idaho - November 12, 2007 - AMI Semiconductor's Ezairo(TM) 5900 series of reconfigurable application-specific signal processors (RASSP) was announced the winner in the 'Medical Advancement' category at the first ever e-Legacy Awards, held in London at the Tate Modern on Thursday, November 1st.

The awards, hosted and organized by Electronic Product Design (EPD) magazine, are unique in the industry in that they recognize a company's or design's contribution, motivation and corporate social responsibility. There are six categories which include Environmental Design, Medical Advances, Contribution to Sustainability, Investment in Training, Investment in Education and Contribution to Safety.

The Medical Advancement Award recognizes an electronic product that enhances patient care, provides the relief or treatment of a medical condition or identifies medical conditions for the first time or in a new, more efficient way. Alternatively, it is for a product or system that delivers treatment in a way that can liberate patients from previous treatment restrictions, such as hospital visits for monitoring, and increase patient mobility and independence.

Upon receiving the award, Marc Niklaus, Product Manager of Hearing Solutions for the AMI Semiconductor Medical Business Unit, said, "Hearing loss affects one in ten people worldwide. Ezairo was architected to process sound with unprecedented performance so hearing aids could be developed that improve not just speech intelligibility, but the full depth of the listening experience, from speech to music. We are confident that the technological advancements made available with Ezairo will help improve the lives of even more hearing impaired people." He continued, "We are honored and delighted that both the panel of judges and readers of EPD have recognized Ezairo as a truly innovative product."

Ezairo, AMI Semiconductor's newest digital signal processor, enables hearing aid manufacturers to develop products that provide superior computing capability, ultra-low-power consumption and high precision sound which for the end user, equates to more sophisticated sound processing features for the same or better battery life, increased comfort in different listening situations and overall better sound quality.

About Electronic Product Design Magazine

Published by the UK independent publishing company IML Group PLC, Electronic Product Design is consistently the UK's best-read technical monthly magazine. The editorial is targeted at senior design engineers, dedicated to integrating and using systems and components; reduce development time and costs and to achieve time to market and budget targets.


About AMI Semiconductor

AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a leader in the design and manufacture of silicon solutions for the real world. As a widely recognized innovator in state-of-the-art mixed-signal and digital products, AMIS is committed to providing customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, mil/aero and communication markets with the optimal value, quickest time-to-market semiconductor solutions. AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centers located in the key markets of the North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

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