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November 14, 2006
Vectron and Discera to Drive New Era of MEMS Timing Devices

World Leading Frequency Control and Timing Solutions and MEMS Oscillator Vendors to Co-Develop Small, High Precision Components

MUNICH, GERMANY Discera, Inc., a world leader in CMOS MEMS resonator technology and provider of next-generation timing solutions, and Vectron International, a world leader in innovative frequency control and timing solutions, announced today at the electronica Show that they will work together to make MEMS oscillators a reality for electronics manufacturers.

CMOS MEMS-based resonators are a truly disruptive technology that enable electronics companies to remove scalability and cost obstacles that face customers today. MEMS technology overcomes some of today's existing challenges while opening the doorway to tomorrow's previously impossible applications through microfabrication technology. MEMS promises to revolutionize nearly every product category by bringing together silicon-based microelectronics with micromachining technology. By using CMOS MEMS Oscillators, manufacturers of consumer electronics, hard disc drives, and other devices will realize a number of benefits including reduced footprint requirements, shorter lead times, robust construction, and lower power. Additionally the technology can be advanced to support high precision applications.

"We believe MEMS oscillators are an important part of the future of the frequency control market," said Ed Grant, vice president, North America products and operations, Vectron. "While the promise of MEMS oscillators has been around a long time, no vendor has been able to prove their reliability and manufacturability. We believe Discera is uniquely positioned to deliver on this promise. We look forward to working together with Discera, utilizing our complementary skills to create industry defining products."

Discera's PureSiliconT™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that can be used in creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor consumer electronics, and telecommunications products such as oscillators, filters and RF components. Discera's PureSilicon CMOS MEMS Resonator-based timing products offer significant advantages in size, power and cost along with exceptional quality and reliability. During electronica, Discera will demonstrate its technology in the Vectron booth located at Hall B5, booth 237. Discera will be displaying video output from a standard camcorder that has its traditional crystal oscillator replaced with Discera's MEMS oscillator.

"We are very excited about working with Vectron," said Venkat Bahl, vice president of marketing, Discera, Inc. "Working with Vectron, an industry leader, lends tremendous momentum to the MEMS oscillator world in general, and Discera in particular. The two companies are ideally positioned in the market to leverage each others' strengths towards creating and strengthening a market dominating position."

About Discera
Discera is a fabless analog semiconductor company that offers tiny, high performance silicon resonators for the frequency and timing control markets. These resonators act as the heatbeat or pulse for a variety of devices from consumer products such as cameras and MP3 players to specialized equipment for the military. The company's PureSilicon™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that offers, according to Semico Research, ™a better mousetrap™ for creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor wireline and wireless products, such as oscillators, filters, and RF components. Unlike crystal based oscillators, Discera's PureSilicon™ based CMOS oscillators can be integrated into other CMOS based circuits. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Discera is a privately held company with investments from Ardesta, Partech, 3i, and Qualcomm Ventures. More information is available at www.discera.com.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions using the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Products include crystals and crystal oscillators; frequency translators; clock and data recovery products; SAW filters and components used in telecommunications, data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems. The company is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia.