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Silicon Motion Announces Agreement to Acquire Shannon Systems

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems1 ("Shannon"), a leading supplier of enterprise-class PCIe SSD and storage array solutions to China's internet and other industries.

Under the terms of the agreement, Silicon Motion will acquire Shannon for a total purchase price of $57.5 million, which includes a combination of cash, equity and contingency payments. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review and approval, and it is expected to close by the end of July 2015.

"China has become the largest internet market in the world and its internet companies have already widely adopted SSDs for their data centers and hyperscale servers. More recently, Chinese corporates and government organizations have started using SSDs for data virtualization. These operators of corporate and internet infrastructure have increasingly been turning to Shannon for world-class, locally developed and supported SSD solutions," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "Shannon was co-founded by Dr. Xueshi Yang, Marvell's previous SSD controller architect and a Seagate veteran, with a mission of developing innovative and competitive enterprise SSD solutions in China. I am excited that upon closing, Xueshi will be joining Silicon Motion's executive team to continue spearheading enterprise SSD activities."

Xueshi added, "By joining the world's leading merchant controller company and combining their extensive NAND flash controller expertise and overall corporate resources with our deep understanding of enterprise SSD systems and the Chinese storage market, we believe we can grow our R&D and sales infrastructure faster than we could before and accelerate the business momentum of Shannon' SSDs and flash storage arrays. We look forward to joining the Silicon Motion team."

In 2014, Shannon launched the industry's first 6.4TB PCIe SSD with ultra-low access latency and a power envelope of less than 25 watts. More recently, Shannon introduced PCIe-RAIDTM technology, an innovative flash array solution that offers enterprise customers uncompromised performance and high availability. Shannon has already successfully expanded its customer base to more than 80 companies and count China's leading internet companies in e-commerce, on-line travel, and mobile security as key customers. In 2015, Shannon expects to rapidly scale sales to approximately $14 to $18 million. The impact of this acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive to Silicon Motion's non-GAAP earnings per share in the second half of 2015 and more accretive in full-year 2016.

More details on this acquisition will be provided during Silicon Motion's previously scheduled earnings conference call that will be held on April 28th, 2015 at 8:00am EDT.

1Shannon Systems is the operating identity and brand of Shanghai Baocun Information Technology Co., Ltd.

About Silicon Motion:

We are a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, low-power semiconductor solutions to OEMs and other customers in the mobile storage and mobile communications markets. For the mobile storage market, our key products are microcontrollers used in solid state storage devices such as SSDs, eMMCs and other embedded flash applications, as well as removable storage products. For the mobile communications market, our key products are handset transceivers and mobile TV IC solutions. Our products are widely used in smartphones, tablets, and industrial and commercial applications. For further information on Silicon Motion, visit www.siliconmotion.com.

About Shannon Systems:

Shannon Systems develops enterprise-grade flash-based storage devices and solutions with superior performance and reliability. Our Direct-IOTM PCIe SSD provides industry-leading performance and reliability with one of the highest densities in the industry. Our core team is formed by Silicon Valley veterans with over 150 combined patents in the management of NAND flash and solid state storage solutions and architecture. The company is headquartered in Shanghai, China with sales and support centers in Beijing, Shenzhen and other locations. For further information on Shannon Systems, visit www.shannon-sys.com/en/.

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CONTACT: Investor Contact: Jason Tsai Director of IR and Strategy Tel: +1 4085197259 Fax: +1 408 519 7101 E-mail: jtsai@siliconmotion.com Investor Contact: Selina Hsieh Investor Relations Tel: +886 3 552 6888 x2311 Fax: +886 3 560 0336 E-mail: ir@siliconmotion.com Media Contact: Sara Hsu Project Manager Tel: +886 2 2219 6688 x3509 Fax: +886 2 2219 6868 E-mail: sara.hsu@siliconmotion.com

Source:Silicon Motion Technology Corporation