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PicoChip Appoints CEO

Wireless solutions provider picoChip appoints Anders Swahn as its CEO

November 19, 2003

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BATH, U.K. -- picoChip Designs Ltd today announced the appointment of Anders Swahn as the company's new chief executive officer (CEO). Anders will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and driving picoChip through to profitability. picoChip has developed a solution which radically improves the economics of wireless equipment and networks for advanced technologies such as 3G and WiMax.

Peter Claydon, chief operating officer and co-founder at picoChip, commented, "Our growth is accelerating rapidly as more customers appreciate how we cut their costs and dramatically improve time-to-market and flexibility. We're shipping the most powerful embedded processor on the planet and have unparalleled capability in software reference designs. Anders complements our world-leading technology with world-class management experience. We are delighted to have such a seasoned professional to manage this critical stage in our growth."

Anders Swahn, CEO of picoChip, stated, "The telecom industry is restructuring: the pace of innovation, constant price pressures and the nature of standards are increasingly making it like the data communications world where I have spent most of my career. I am delighted to be bringing this experience to picoChip. We will be a major player that accelerates this transition, enabling the next generation of wireless infrastructure. I expect picoChip to be a powerful and profitable player."

Anders has been active in Silicon Valley since 1985 and joins picoChip following his most recent post as vice president and general manager for one of PMC Sierra's Carrier Switching Divisions. He joined PMC Sierra through the acquisition of Abrizio Inc., where he was co-founder, chairman and CEO. Abrizio, a start-up company that developed broadband switch fabric chips used in carrier class core ATM switches, and terabit class routers, secured top-tier VC backing in Silicon Valley. Prior to Abrizio, Anders held various senior industry roles, most notably, as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Allied Telesyn International and as marketer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) responsible for enterprise Ethernet networking products.

Richard Irving, CEO of Pond Venture Partners, concluded, "We are delighted that Anders has agreed to join picoChip. He is a seasoned executive with a very successful track record. Anders' substantial operating, sales and marketing experience significantly augment the proven talents of the picoChip team."

PicoChip Designs Ltd.

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