Power Analog Microelectronics and TSMC Collaborate to Develop BCD Technology

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, - February 8, 2007 - Power Analog Microelectronics (PAM), a developer of innovative Class-D digital audio amplifiers and high-power LED display driver semiconductors, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC) today announced the joint development of Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) technology based on a 0.25-micron high-voltage process specifically tailored to high-performance power analog ICs used in audio and video displays and devices.

As part of the joint effort, PAM is contributing its know-how in high-voltage and high-current IC designs with specialty devices requirements. TSMC in turn is making this specialty technology a mass production proven process as such PAM’s advanced high performance IC designs will be manufactured in TSMC high yielding fabs. It is a performance and value differentiation for PAM’s next generation products, such as high-brightness LED drivers, high-voltage PMICs, and high-wattage Class-D audio amplifiers. With the addition of this 0.25-micron high-voltage process, TSMC further expands its offerings in the BCD technology platform.

“PAM is pleased to establish the partnership with the global foundry leader TSMC to jointly develop advanced BCD technology. This will allow us to deliver the most advanced next generation products to satisfy customers’ increasing demand for high-power devices for applications in flat panel displays, as well as consumer audio and video markets,” stated Johnston Chen, president and chief executive officer of PAM.

“Support for advanced BCD technology is an important part of our analog semiconductor manufacturing business,” said Jason Chen, vice president of Corporate Development at TSMC. “Working with PAM allows us to partner with an innovator in power analog ICs with high-voltage design expertise.”

About Power Analog Microelectronics
Power Analog Microelectronics, Inc. (PAM), established in 2004, focuses on high voltage analog and power integrated circuits for use in flat panel displays, consumer audio and video applications. PAM was founded in Silicon Valley by industry veterans, technologists and design experts in the analog and power IC fields. PAM has set up an R&D and manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China; a Technical Support Center in Shenzhen, China; as well as having a supporting team in Taipei, Taiwan.