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Tundra Semiconductor Standardizes on MKS

Waterloo, ON — April 18, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, has standardized on MKS’s enterprise software change and configuration management solution, the MKS Integrity Suite™, to streamline design processes, and to provide greater control, visibility, and code reuse across its geographically distributed research and development operations.

Streamlines Design Processes and Code Reuse

Waterloo, ON — April 18, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TSX:TUN), a leader in System Interconnect, has standardized on MKS’s enterprise software change and configuration management solution, the MKS Integrity Suite™, to streamline design processes, and to provide greater control, visibility, and code reuse across its geographically distributed research and development operations.

The MKS Integrity Suite is being utilized at the Company’s headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario and South Portland, Maine. MKS provides Tundra’s development team with centralized project management controls, real-time collaboration across development locations via the MKS Federated Server™ architecture, and increased security, audit-ability and traceability over all changes to Tundra’s designs. By standardizing on the full MKS solution, Tundra benefits from:

  • Centralized and improved change and configuration management visibility and control over all embedded development activity;
  • The ability to create a library of components that can be commonly used across multiple projects and teams to quickly accommodate customer requested modifications;
  • Improved development consistency through automated process and real-time, geographically dispersed team communication and collaboration;
  • Greater accuracy and reproducibility of designs; and
  • Enhanced security for designs assets and intellectual property

“In the wake of demanding time-to-market pressures on our customers, and the resulting growth in outsourcing of System Interconnect requirements,” says Benny Chang, VP Engineering, Tundra Semiconductor. “MKS’s SCM solution and process expertise is expected to streamline our design processes which should contribute to an increase in the overall quality of our product development.”

“We are delighted to be working with Tundra Semiconductor to support their business imperatives of time-to-market and reproducibility. These are common challenges for telecommunications, automotive and semiconductor customers engaged in embedded systems development. MKS’s enablement of code reuse and refactoring within the MKS Integrity Suite allows for new levels of control, efficiency and productivity in the embedded systems environment,” says David Martin, MKS vice president of Product Management.

About Tundra
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, and markets standards-based System Interconnect for use by the world's leading communications, networking, storage system and information technology vendors. Tundra supports RapidIO®, AdvancedTCA®, VME, and PCI/X standards. Tundra System Interconnect is a vital communications technology that enables customers to connect critical system components while compressing development cycles and maximizing performance. Applications include wireless infrastructure, storage networking, network access, military technology, industrial automation, and information technology. Tundra headquarters are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Company also has a design center in South Portland, Maine, and sales offices throughout Europe, across the U.S. and in Asia. Tundra sells its products worldwide through a network of direct sales personnel, independent distributors and manufacturers' representatives. Tundra employs about 200 employees worldwide.

About MKS
MKS is the preeminent provider of enterprise technology management solutions for the global 1000. MKS’s solution spans the application lifecycle from requirements management, through application development, to server deployment providing customers with greater visibility over software development activities, enhanced development productivity and improved IT controls for regulatory compliance. MKS solutions are distinguished by their ease of implementation and low total cost of ownership. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS’s enterprise solutions strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS’s technology to better enable higher levels of process maturity, better manage global development activity and safeguard their most critical business applications and software assets. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS also provides UNIX-Windows co-existence and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market, while enabling enhanced performance. More information about MKS can be found at http://www.mks.com, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

Copyright © 2005 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Suite and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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