MagnaChip Sets the Standard for VGA CMOS Image Sensor Performance

SEOUL, South Korea, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., a leading provider of analog and mixed signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications, today announced the launch of its VGA raw Bayer output CMOS image sensor (MC502ER) for use in PC, notebook and handset camera applications.

The MC502ER supports VGA (640Hx480V) resolution leveraging an advanced low noise pixel process implemented using MagnaChip's 0.13 micrometer CIS process technology. The high quantum efficiency and low read noise enable a Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) that is over 15 dB better than the performance available for typical sensors in the market today. With the launch of this new image sensor, MagnaChip enhances its product portfolio for the growing markets that require exceptional imaging performance in low light situations.

MagnaChip's MC502ER also supports ITU-R BT.656 parallel video interface with MagnaChip's specialized low EMI technology. The MC502ER goes beyond standard Bayer RGB devices by offering on chip pixel correction. These sophisticated signal processing blocks enhance image sensor performance and ease system integration. The MC502ER requires minimal external components and is optimized for low power consumption. The device can operate from a single 2.8V or a dual 2.8V and 1.8V power supply.

Robert Krakauer, President of MagnaChip, said, "We are pleased to offer our customers unique products that take their image quality to new levels. Our investment in advanced pixel technologies, along with our custom fabrication processes for CMOS sensors, ensures that we deliver leading image quality. We expect to fully leverage our technological advantage in providing excellent low light performance and other product features to become a leader in the CMOS imager market."

The MC502ER will be in mass production in Q3 of 2008. MagnaChip has a complete suite of demonstration systems and reference designs to support end product development. For more detail product information, please see our website at www.magnachip.com or contact your local MagnaChip sales office.

About MagnaChip Semiconductor

Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, MagnaChip Semiconductor is a leading, Asia-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications, such as mobile phones, digital televisions, flat panel displays, notebook computers, mobile multimedia devices and digital cameras. The Company has a broad range of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor technology, supported by its 28-year operating history, large portfolio of registered and pending patents and extensive engineering and manufacturing process expertise. For more information, visit www.magnachip.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements contained in this press release contain forward-looking statements regarding MagnaChip Semiconductor's operations, economic performance and financial condition. Although MagnaChip Semiconductor believes that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct as a result of many factors, including those described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2008.

    CONTACTS:
    In Korea:
    Mi-Jeong HAN, PR Manager
    Tel: 82-2-6903-3195
    mj.han@magnachip.com

    In the U.S.:
    Joseph Villalta at The Ruth Group
    Tel: +646-536-7003
    jvillalta@theruthgroup.com

Web site: http://www.magnachip.com/




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