CATALYST SEMICONDUCTOR EXPANDS EUROPEAN SALES COVERAGE

(PRWEB) December 20, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CATALYST SEMICONDUCTOR EXPANDS EUROPEAN SALES COVERAGE

Spectrum Electronica added as Spain and Portugal representative

Sunnyvale, Calif. (December 18, 2002) — Catalyst Semiconductor (Nasdaq: CATS) today announced

Spectrum Electronica, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, will represent Catalyst

Semiconductor in Spain and Portugal. Spectrum Electronica will provide sales and

local applications support for Catalyst’s programmable products, including Flash memories,

parallel and serial EEPROMs, NVRAMs, Digitally Programmable Potentiometers (DPP™) and

microcontroller supervisory circuits with EEPROM memory.

“Improving and expanding our European market coverage has been a major focus throughout the

year, “said Catalyst Vice President of European Sales Dave Lathan. “Catalyst’s international

activities represented nearly 70 percent of our fiscal 2002 revenue, with Europe accounting

for nearly 11 percent of revenue. Spectrum Electronica is well positioned and a key partner

in our European market share expansion plans.”

According to Spectrum Electronica Managing Director Luis Fernando Neila-Miguel, “Catalyst

will join Wintegra and Artesyn as founding lines for Madrid-based Spectrum Electronica,

which was launched at the beginning December 2002. Catalyst customers and distributors

throughout the Iberian region will benefit from the focused added value service they will

receive as a result of this new extension to the Catalyst/Spectrum partnership.”

About Spectrum Electronica

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Spectrum Electronica is an independent specialist in sales and marketing advanced

technology and a member of the Oxfordshire U.K. based Spectrum Group. In common with

the other 10 operations in the Spectrum European Group, Spectrum Electronica directly

addresses large OEM accounts on behalf of the manufacturers it represents and also

works with the distributors appointed by its manufacturers to provide a comprehensive,

cost-efficient, design-win focused route to market.

The Spectrum Group was founded in 1994 and currently has eleven I.S.M.O. (Independent

Sales, Marketing and Operations) companies serving the UK, French, German, Benelux,

Iberian and Nordic regions. The Spectrum Group has a Glocal (global but local)

business culture that combines the strength and influence of a multi-national group

with the attention to detail and customer service that can only come with an in

depth understanding of local markets and cultures.

The Group has ambitious plans for European expansion and further Spectrum I.S.M.O.’s

will be announced in the early part of 2003. Please call +44 (0) 1869 325092 for more

information on the Spectrum Group.

About Catalyst Semiconductor

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Founded in 1985, Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

The Company is a developer and marketer of programmable products used in telecommunications,

networking systems, computation, automotive, industrial and consumer markets.

The Company designs and markets a broad range of programmable products including Flash

Memories, Parallel and Serial EEPROMs with I2C, SPI and Microwire interfaces, NVRAMs,

Digitally Programmable Potentiometers, Microcontroller Supervisory circuits and other

programmable Mixed Signal products. Typical applications for the Company’s products

include optical networks, modems, wireless LANs, network cards, PC BIOS, DIMM modules,

cellular telephones, digital satellite box receivers, set-top boxes and Internet

routers. Catalyst’s Quality Management System is ISO 9001 certified. Additional

information about Catalyst Semiconductor is available on the Company’s web site at

http://www.catalyst-semiconductor.com.

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