Broadcom Honors TSMC as Foundry of the Year

HSIN-CHU, Taiwan and IRVINE, Calif. April 20, 2000 - For the second year in a row, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor foundry, has been named Foundry Supplier of the Year by Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications. The annual award is based on supplier excellence in the areas of technology, capacity, service and support, pricing and quality.

“We started working with TSMC six years ago when Broadcom was just beginning commercial production,” said Vahid Manian, vice president of manufacturing operations at Broadcom. “The relationship continues to flourish in large part because of TSMC’s manufacturing excellence, outstanding service and support, and state-of-the-art technology. These qualities earned TSMC our most prestigious foundry honor and these are the foundry characteristics that enable Broadcom to deliver the highest quality, leading-edge semiconductor solutions to our customers.”

“The elements of this honor – technology, capacity, service and support – are the areas in which we strive to be the preeminent industry leader,” said Pan-Wei Lai, vice president of business development at TSMC North America. “Over the past eighteen months, TSMC has led the foundry industry in technology, including the industry’s first 0.18- and 0.15-micron processes, the first 0.13-micron design starts, and the construction of the first two 300mm fabs. We have increased our planned capacity from 1.8 million eight-inch equivalent wafers in 1999 to an expected 3.4 million eight-inch equivalent wafers by the end of 2000. We have introduced a number of design services, support infrastructure programs and third party partnerships, all intended to make communication with our customers smooth and cycle times efficient.”

TSMC has been a Broadcom foundry partner since 1994. The company was awarded Foundry Supplier of the Year for services rendered in 1998 and 1999. The award is given following an internal review of all Broadcom foundry partners by the Broadcom Supplier Rated Program.

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 company’s first 12-inch wafer fabrication facilities. In 2000, TSMC expects to have the capacity for nearly 3.4 million 8-inch equivalent wafers. Fabrication processes offered by TSMC include CMOS logic, mixed-mode, volatile and non-volatile memory, and BiCMOS. TSMC’s corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

About Broadcom Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband digital transmission of voice, video and data content to and throughout the home and within the business enterprise. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, the company designs, develops and supplies integrated circuits for a number of the most significant broadband communications markets, including the markets for cable set-top boxes, cable modems, high-speed office networks, home networking, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), residential broadband gateways, direct broadcast satellite and terrestrial digital broadcast, and digital subscriber line (xDSL). Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 949-450-8700 or at

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