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Xbox 360 Manufacturers Announced

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Posted by Jeremy on August 16, 2005 9:43 AM
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Microsoft today announced the manufacturers for the Xbox 360. And the winners are: Celestica, Flextronics, and Wistron. Huh? Never heard of them? Well, you're not alone. Not many people know the actual companies that sign contracts to produce video game systems. Flextronics and Wistron both built the original Xbox. Celestica is new to the Xbox brand. Having three companies produce a single systems gives MS a lot of wiggle room in case, say, one of the plants has a fire, or a strike. A strike? Wait, all three companies are located in the Pearl River Delta region in Southern China...there aren't any strikes allowed! Anyway, I'm sure production is currently being tested and full scale real production will start soon in order to get these systems out by the pre-Thanksgiving release date (release date is still a guess).

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PRESS RELEASE

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Manufacturing Powerhouses Lined Up To Produce Xbox 360

London ? 16th August, 2005 - Microsoft announced today that Celestica (NYSE: CLS, TSX: CLS/SV), Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) and Wistron (TSE:3231.tw) will produce the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system. Microsoft's highly anticipated next-generation platform remains on track for a global launch this Christmas in North America, Europe and Japan.

"It's an honour to have the expertise and support of three of the world's best-in-class manufacturing companies as we move into the next-generation with Xbox 360," said Corporate Vice President of Xbox Product Group, Todd Holmdahl. "With three contract manufacturers on board, we're poised to have the flexibility and efficiencies we need to keep up with the consumer demand for the world's most powerful next-generation platform."

Flextronics and Wistron are existing partners from the first iteration of Xbox, while the relationship between Celestica and Microsoft is newly formed. All three plants are located in the Pearl River Delta region in Southern China.

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Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live online gaming service, and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around you. The system will launch this holiday season in North America, Europe and Japan , to be followed by availability in Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan in 2006.

Celestica

Celestica is a world leader in the delivery of innovative electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Celestica operates a highly sophisticated global manufacturing network with operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas, providing a broad range of integrated services and solutions to leading OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Celestica's expertise in quality, technology and supply chain management, and leadership in the global deployment of Lean principles, enables the company to provide competitive advantage to its customers by improving time-to-market, scalability and manufacturing efficiency.

For further information on Celestica, visit its website at http://www.celestica.com.

The company's security filings can also be accessed at http://www.sedar.com and http://www.sec.gov.

Flextronics

Headquartered in Singapore (Singapore Reg. No. 199002645H), Flextronics is a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering innovative design and manufacturing services to automotive, industrial, medical, and technology companies. With fiscal year 2005 revenues of USD$15.9 billion, Flextronics helps customers design, build, ship, and service electronics products through a network of facilities in over 30 countries on five continents. This global presence provides customers with complete design, engineering, and manufacturing resources that are vertically integrated with components to optimize their operations by lowering their costs and reducing their time to market.

For more information, please visit http://www.flextronics.com.

Wistron

With over twenty years experience in product development, Wistron is a leader in the delivery of ODM services. Through a strong design, manufacturing and after-sales service infrastructure, Wistron provides a broad range of services focusing on ICT (information and communication technology) products. Utilizing a strong engineering base, as well as partnerships with leading technology companies, Wistron incorporates the latest technology platforms into market-driven product offerings for leading OEM customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.wistron.com.

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