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December 4, 2007

Richard K. Templeton Receives Akira Inoue Award for Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence

Richard K. Templeton Receives Akira Inoue Award for Environmental, Health and Safety ExcellenceAward Honors Outstanding Environmental, Health and Safety Achievement in the Semiconductor Industry

TOKYO, Japan (December 4, 2007) – Richard (Rich) K. Templeton, president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments Incorporated, is the recipient of the Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety (EHS) in the semiconductor industry. The award is sponsored by SEMI and will be presented tomorrow evening in Tokyo at the SEMICON Japan President's Reception.

Templeton is recognized for his contributions to EHS leadership at Texas Instruments, which has resulted in the introduction of innovative environmentally-friendly products and processes and operational excellence in health and safety for employees. Templeton is the eighth recipient of the prestigious industry award.

“We recognize Rich Templeton for EHS leadership. Under his direction, TI has made a priority of reducing air emissions, energy consumption, water use and waste while increasing resource conservation and energy efficiency,” said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “His commitment to EHS has led to outstanding achievements at Texas Instruments and throughout the industry."

Templeton's commitment led to achievements at Texas Instruments and industry-wide. Those cited by the Akira Inoue Award committee in the selection of Mr. Templeton include:

  • TI built the world’s first “green” semiconductor manufacturing facility.
  • TI achieved the best safety rate in the company’s history and the best safety rate in the U.S. semiconductor industry for past three consecutive years.
  • TI is leading the industry in providing digital and analog solutions with low power consumption and greater energy efficiency.
  • TI received numerous awards and recognitions for outstanding EHS performance and environmental stewardship from customers, media and government organizations.

Rich Templeton has been president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments since May 2004. He also serves on the company’s board of directors, to which he was elected in July 2003. Previously, Templeton was chief operating officer and executive vice president of the company and president of TI's Semiconductor business. He is credited with helping to define and execute TI’s strategy to focus on semiconductors for signal processing. Templeton joined the company in 1980 after earning a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Union College in New York. Templeton is also the immediate past chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

The Akira Inoue Award is sponsored by the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Division of SEMI. The award is named after the late Akira Inoue, past president of Tokyo Electron Limited and a strong advocate of the environment, health and safety. Inoue also served on the SEMI Board of Directors. The award recognizes individuals in industry and academia who have made significant contributions to this area by exercising leadership or demonstrating innovation in the development of processes, products or materials that reduce EHS impacts.

Past recipients of the Akira Inoue Award include Pasquale Pistorio, former CEO of STMicroelectronics; Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel Corporation; Farhang Shadman, director of the Engineering and Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing at the University of Arizona; Saburo Kusama, president of Epson Corp.; Isao Uchigasaki, chairman of the board of Hitachi Chemical Company; Gerald Ermentrout, vice president and general manager of the Electronics Division of Air Products; and Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Business of Samsung Electronics.

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About Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Education Technology business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at http://www.ti.com.

About SEMI
SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1971, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

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