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UBM acquires DesignCon for $1.4m

                       UBM acquires DesignCon for $1.4m                        

           Strengthens UBM's presence in electronic design industry            

United Business Media Limited today announces that it has acquired DesignCon,
an exhibition and conference serving the electronic design and semiconductor
industry, on behalf of UBM's wholly-owned subsidiary, EE Times Group. UBM has
acquired DesignCon from Professional Education International for cash
consideration of $1.4 million.

Founded in 1996, DesignCon ( is an annual four day Silicon
Valley-based exhibition and conference event which attracts more than 120
exhibitors and 3,300 professionals from the electronic design and semiconductor
industries. The event's primary focus is on the software and tools used by
electronic designers and engineers in the construction of semiconductors. The
exhibition is complemented by a co-located 17-track conference which provides
highly regarded seminars, panels and keynote addresses. The business also
provides year-round products and services, such as the InfoVault technical
library, primarily via the event's website.

In 2009, DesignCon generated revenues of $1.0 million. The business is highly
complementary to EE Times Group's existing events, notably to the Embedded
Systems Conferences.

Paul Miller, CEO of EE Times Group, said: "The acquisition of DesignCon fits
our strategy of building on the strength of our existing products and services
to expand into adjacent markets, as well as growing our international presence
in the electronic design and semiconductor industry. This acquisition will
contribute to EE Times Group's future growth and strengthen our position as the
premier independent media, services and information supplier right across the
global electronics industry."

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Notes to Editors

1. UBM

UBM is a leading global provider of events; data, marketing and information
products; print products; and targeting, distribution and monitoring services
to specialist business communities. Our 5,800 staff in more than 30 countries
are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them
and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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2. EE Times Group

EE Times Group is the global leader in media and marketing services for the
electronics industry. Through our market-leading brands, we deliver results for
the key influencers and decision-makers involved in the design, development and
commercialization of technology. More than 1.1 million engineering
professionals and professionals in the electronics industry engage with the EE
Times Network - EE Times, TechOnline, DesignLines, and - across
the globe. The technology community comes to our market-leading events to
share, learn, discuss and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the
electronics industry. EE Times Group also provides end-to-end research,
marketing and media services.

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