TSMC Becomes First Foundry to Support Mentor Graphics Analog Circuit Simulator Eldo

Foundry Customers Receive Fully Qualified Silicon-Calibrated Device Model Parameters for Increased Predictability

WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq: MENT) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) established an industry milestone today when they announced a comprehensive multi-year agreement in which TSMC commits to supporting model parameter generation and qualification for Mentor's Eldo(TM) circuit simulator. This agreement enables TSMC to create, distribute, and support a process technology portfolio of fully qualified, TSMC process-specific Eldo model parameter libraries. The agreement covers all aspects of support infrastructure, and addresses the dependencies between transistor-level circuit simulation technology and the latest device modeling development required for TSMC's advanced process technology. The resulting advantage is a decrease in design cycle time for customers of both companies.

The Mentor Graphics(R) Eldo simulator enables customers to simulate the building blocks of system-on-chip (SoC) implemented in deep submicron (DSM) technologies providing the highest accuracy and performance, with the largest capacity currently available in the industry. In addition, the Eldo simulator is an entry point to Mentor's comprehensive DSM simulation technology offering, which includes radio frequency analysis (RF), DSM timing verification, and language based SoC designs. Eldo is one of the most widely used circuit simulators with over 20,000 licenses worldwide. Eldo is the core engine of the Mentor Graphics analog and mixed-signal product line, from a comprehensive device model library to multi-algorithms, offering high accuracy and robust convergence.

"Our decision to adopt the Eldo technology is purely customer driven," stated Mike Pawlik, vice president of corporate marketing at TSMC. "As the pure-play foundry industry leader, we support the tools necessary to design on TSMC's leading technologies. Eldo is an industry leading analog circuit simulator and it is in our customer's best interest that we collaborate with Mentor to offer Eldo qualified models."

Eldo Circuit Simulator Foundry Program:

TSMC is the first pure-play foundry to participate fully in the Mentor Graphics comprehensive foundry support program for the Eldo circuit simulator. The program was initiated to improve model generation and characterization for deep submicron IC design ensuring first pass success of silicon.

"As the leading foundry in the world, TSMC's support of Eldo is of great service to our customers. We believe that the decision is a testament to the proven reliability and industry-leading performance of Eldo. Coupled with the commitment of both companies to deliver world class services and support, this is a collaboration that will provide chip designers with a more rapid design cycle," stated Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager of Mentor's deep submicron division.

The Eldo foundry program from Mentor Graphics provides a complete business model, which enhances productivity by providing automation in model generation and qualification. The Eldo foundry support has been proven over an extended period of time and is expected to be widely accepted in foundries throughout the world.

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 seven eight-inch wafer fabs (Fab 3, 4, 5, 6, TASMC, WSMC and WaferTech), and two six-inch wafer fabs (Fabs 1 and 2). In addition, the company has begun construction of a $1.2 billion joint venture fab with Philips Semiconductor, which is scheduled to open in Singapore in 2000. TSMC recently broke ground for Fabs 7 and 12, the comp