PicoChip appoints ex-ARM CFO as chairman

October 6, 2004

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BATH, U.K. -- picoChip today announced it has appointed Jonathan Brooks as non-executive chairman. As previous chief financial officer (CFO) and director of ARM Holdings during the company's transition through IPO, Brooks brings to picoChip substantial experience in managing rapid growth in semiconductor start-ups. picoChip has developed the world's highest performance DSP tuned for wireless, and is a supplier of complete reference designs for WiMAX and HSDPA.

Peter Claydon, co-founder and CEO of picoChip commented on the appointment, "We are very pleased to have someone of Jonathan's calibre as chairman of picoChip. Jonathan's broad business knowledge, skill as a director and his first hand experiences at ARM will serve our company well as we transition from an innovative start-up to a global market leader."

Jonathan Brooks, added, "I am very excited to be joining picoChip at such an interesting time. The company is bringing in revenue from a number of impressive and credible design wins; the next challenges are to grow, develop and capitalise on this early success in today's tough high tech market. I joined ARM at a similar stage and as chairman of picoChip I look forward to counselling the company's growth."

Brooks is currently CFO and a director of Frontier Silicon, who supply semiconductors for DAB and digital television applications. He is also a non-executive director of e2v technologies PLC and Xyratex Limited. Between 1995 and 2002 he was Chief Financial Officer and a director of ARM Holdings plc, which listed on the LSE and Nasdaq National Market in 1998. Before that, he performed a variety of financial roles for the Accor Group in London and Paris. Brooks holds a BSc Econ degree from the University of Wales, an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

PicoChip Designs Ltd.

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