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BEIJING, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce it is holding its third annual China Internet and Technology Conference February 28 - March 2 in Beijing. The conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in the China Internet and technology industry in 2006 and beyond.

Growth for Chinese Internet companies has brought both opportunities and challenges in the past year. In particular, these companies are seeing the increasing cost of success, including declining margins as expenses increase due to competition. At the same time, core market demands remain healthy. These topics will be addressed in presentations and panels of 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.

Among focus areas to be discussed are the following key themes: increasing broadband penetration in China and its impact for media consumption; the impact of China's economy moving from a manufacturing economy toward a consumer-based one; the expanding value chain of semiconductor manufacturing; wireless value-added services potentially reaching an inflection point and the growth trajectory; the timing of network upgrades to 3G services and impact to wireless handset and infrastructure suppliers; and the potential for search in China.

"We look forward to hosting our third annual China Internet and Technology Conference in Beijing this year," said Safa Rashtchy, senior Internet and media marketing analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. "This is a great forum for technology investors who want exposure in China. Given our focus on the entire Internet and technology supply chain, investors will have the opportunity to explore multiple areas. This year, we will also introduce new and developing areas of interest, such as music and entertainment, 3G wireless, consumer devices, alternative energy and security technology."

Companies scheduled to present include: 51job, Inc., 6688.com, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated, Allyes AdNetwork, Analogix Semiconductor Inc., Analysys, ASAT Holdings Limited, Baidu.com, Inc., BaiHe Limited, C2 Capital Corporation, China Interactive, China Techfaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited, China Unistone Acquisition Corp., ChipMOS Technologies Ltd., Cirrus Logic, Inc., Comtech Group, Inc, CSMC Technologies Corporation, Ctrip.com International Inc., DangDang.com, eBay Eachnet, eLong, Inc., Ericsson, Focus Media Holding Limited, Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, GSR Ventures, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Hurray! Holding Co. Ltd., Intel Capital, KongZhong Corporation, Linktone Ltd., MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mobile Internet Partners Limited, Motorola, Inc., NetEase.com, Inc., Nokia Corporation, O2Micro International Limited, Pacific Epoch, R2G, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, SHENZHEN POWERCOM Co. Ltd., SiliconCore Technology, SinoMOS Semiconductor (Nigbo), Inc., SmartPay, Softbank Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF), Sohu.com Inc., Spreadtrum Communications Inc., STATS ChipPAC Ltd., Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., Supreme Industries, Inc., The9 Limited, TOM Online Inc., Vimicro International Corporation, Walden International, YeePay.com, Yingli Solar, Yucheng Technologies Company and Zhaopin Ltd. Additional companies have also been invited to present.

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 Susan Beatty at 612 303-5680 or susan.l.beatty@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. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 2,900 employees in 107 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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    /CONTACT:  Susan Beatty, Media Relations, Piper Jaffray, +1-612-303-5680/
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