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BEIJING, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on the success of its first China Internet and Technology Conference for U.S. growth investors last year, Piper Jaffray is holding its second annual China Internet and Technology Conference March 1-3, 2005 in Beijing with a focus on opportunities and challenges in 2005 and beyond.

This year's conference will include presentations from management teams of public and private Internet, semiconductor and hardware companies operating in China, as well as presentations from economists, regional and international private equity funds, industry experts and officials from regulatory agencies. The conference will offer attendees a deep understanding of how the Chinese market operates, as well as the business models for the key players in each segment. According to Piper Jaffray Senior Internet and China Analyst Safa Rashtchy, "2005 is shaping up to be a crucial year of re-balancing growth and profitability rates, as competition and investment in this market are rapidly increasing." He believes that the Chinese market represents one of the biggest long-term market growth potentials for growth-oriented investors and offers opportunities for investors in burgeoning areas such as online games and new media, as well as in emerging areas such as Internet search and e-commerce.

Several panels and special presentations will address high-profile issues affecting the Chinese Internet, semiconductor and hardware markets including:

    1.) The State of the Chinese Economy; the Growth Versus Stability Balance
    2.) Key Trends in the Chinese Internet and Technology Market
    3.) The Regulatory Environment in China
    4.) The Evolving Mobile Communications Industry in China: Views from China
        Mobile and China Unicom
    5.) Listening to China's Youth: Breakfast with Chinese teens to explore
        the key trends among the young people in China
    6.) Seven individual panel discussions on the Internet sector, including
        topics such as portals, search, wireless services, online games,  e-
        commerce and payment services, new media and other online services
    7.) Five separate panel discussions on the semiconductor and hardware
        sectors including analog semiconductors, electronic supply chain in
        China, consumer semiconductor industry in China, semiconductor and
        equipment manufacturing in China and wireless equipment

Some of the companies invited to participate in this year's conference include: 360 Degree Web; 51job; 8848.com; Alibaba.com; Allyes.com; Apexone Microelectronics Inc.; Applied Materials, Inc.; ASAT Inc.; AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc.; ATMI; Baidu.com; ChinaHR; China Mobile Communications Corporation; China Netcom; ChinaSearch.com; China Telecom; China Unicom Limited; ChipMOS; CIENA; Cisco; Comtech Group; Ctrip.com International Ltd.; CSMC Technologies Corporation; Dangdang.com; eBay Inc.; eLong.com; FiberXon; Flash Electronics, Inc.; GEM Services, Inc.; Grace Semiconductor; Granite Global Ventures; Great Wall; Huaya Microelectronics, Inc; Huawei; Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc.; JAFCO; Judo.com; Kingsoft Corp.; KongZhong Corporation; Lenovo; Linktone Ltd.; MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd.; Net263; NetEase.com, Inc.; O2Micro International Limited; OmniVision Technologies, Inc.; Optisp; Opulan Technologies Corp.; OurGame; QUALCOMM, Inc.; Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.; Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited; SINA.com; SmartPay; Sohu.com Inc.; SouFun; STATS ChipPAC Ltd.; Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson; Tencent; The9; TOM Online Inc.; Tongfang; Yahoo! Inc.; Zhaopin and ZTE as well as a number of other private and public companies.

Company and investor participation in the Piper Jaffray China Internet and Technology Conference is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Cynthia Hanson at (612) 303-6919 or cynthia.x.hanson@pjc.com .

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Investment Research, an independent group reporting to the CEO, supports clients of both segments. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at http://www.piperjaffray.com .

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SOURCE Piper Jaffray & Co.
02/04/2005
CONTACT: Cynthia Hanson, Media Relations of Piper Jaffray,
+1-612-303-6919
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