TSMC Sets Industry Standard for Analog/RF Design InfrastructureDesign Kits Simplify Analog Design and Help Designers Reduce Time to Volume

HSIN-CHU, Taiwan, June 18, 2001– Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, has raised the bar for analog/RF design support by delivering the most comprehensive set of analog and RF design kits in the foundry industry. Through its alliance with seven of the leading analog EDA tool providers, TSMC has simplified analog design support for its industry-leading mixed mode and RF processes.

"The demand for new designs in wireless systems, networking, multimedia and other applications continues to grow," said Dr. Genda Hu, vice president of corporate marketing for TSMC. "Simultaneously, product design cycles continue to shrink. Most of these products and applications contain analog circuitry, so analog and mixed-signal design tools must be capable of faster, more effective design. TSMC recognizes this need and has moved quickly to offer analog support to the design community."

To further expand its analog/radio frequency (RF) design kit offerings, TSMC is now releasing simulation models verified over the full frequency range for its 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron mixed-signal/RF CMOS processes for Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) RF simulation environment. The foundry will deliver ADS models for its 0.13-micron RF processes later this year.

With this development, TSMC and its EDA alliance partners again set the foundry industry standard by delivering advanced design kits that accelerate time-to-market.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology, library and IP options and other leading-edge foundry services. TSMC operates two six-inch wafer fabs and nine eight-inch wafer fabs in three countries, including its two joint ventures fabs – Vanguard and SSMC – and its North American subsidiary, WaferTech. In 2000, TSMC produced the foundry industry's first 300mm customer wafers and began constructing two dedicated 300mm fabs. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. More information about TSMC is available through the World Wide Web at http://www.tsmc.com.