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Custom ASIC Designed for Industry Standard Server Scalability Achieves Major Technical Milestone

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 7 -Newisys, a Sanmina-SCI Company (Nasdaq: SANM) and leading developer of enterprise-class server & storage designs, today announced the expansion of its technology portfolio with the introduction of the
Newisys ExtendiScale Architecture.  The Newisys engineering team achieved this significant milestone by taping-out the ASIC
chip technology earlier this month.  "This architecture is a modular and evolutionary approach that delivers high-end RISC/UNIX performance with cost-effective technology," said Phil Hester, chief executive officer of Newisys.  "Unlike clusters, the ExtendiScale Architecture preserves the SMP programming model, enabling customers to run current applications faster and tackle much larger problems easier."

ExtendiScale Architecture in Action

The ExtendiScale Architecture enables aggregation and flexible distribution of server resources through partitioning.  Initial implementation of the custom ASIC will be coupled with
4-way AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based servers that are outfitted with ExtendiScale scalability ports.  Through the use of high bandwidth, low-latency cables, users will be able to shape system implementations to meet their real-time resource requirements.

                                                          32-way ExtendiScale-based server

AMD, maker of the
AMD Opteron processor, and technology partner of Newisys, commented:  "Newisys' ExtendiScale Architecture coupled with the AMD Opteron processor can offer the datacenter an incredibly powerful platform," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit.  "This extension is very complementary to the AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture, which can significantly improve overall computation performance by removing the bottleneck of a front-side bus and directly connecting the processors, the memory controller and the I/O."

Future packaging alternatives could include server blades and external coherent switches. 

About Newisys
Newisys Inc., a creative technology company significantly impacting the server-computing environment, is dedicated to designing & delivering enterprise-class server & storage products.  Newisys offers a family of robust designs targeted for integration into OEM product offerings.

About Sanmina-SCI
Sanmina-SCI Corporation is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market.  Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina-SCI provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions, delivering unsurpassed quality and support to OEMs primarily in the communications, defense and aerospace, industrial and medical instrumentation, computer technology, and multimedia sectors. Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world.

Sanmina-SCI Safe Harbor Statement
The foregoing, including the discussion regarding the company's future prospects, contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties associated with economic conditions in the electronics industry, particularly in the principal industry sectors served by the company, changes in customer requirements and in the volume of sales to principal customers, the ability of Sanmina-SCI to effectively
assimilate acquired businesses and achieve the anticipated benefits of its acquisitions, and competition and technological change.  The company's actual results of operations may differ significantly from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements as a result of these and other factors, including factors set forth in the company's fiscal year 2003 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 9, 2003 and 10-Q filed on August 9, with the Securities Exchange Commission.

NOTE:  Newisys and its logo are trademarks of Newisys, Inc.  All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.