TSMC CTO, Dr. Chenming Hu Received 2002 IEEE Solid-State Circuits AwardDr. Hu became the first IEEE fellow to receive two Technical Field Awards in IEEE’s history

Hsinchu, Taiwan, February 5, 2002 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TAIEX: 2330, NYSE: TSM) (“TSMC”) announced today (5) that the company’s CTO, Dr. Chenming Hu, has been awarded the 2002 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award. This award recognizes his distinguished contributions to MOSFET (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) physics and development of the BSIM (Berkeley Short-Channel IGFET Model) for CMOS circuit simulation.

This is the second time Dr. Hu has received the Technical Field Award from IEEE, making him the first IEEE fellow ever to receive the award twice in the institute’s history. The award ceremony took place on February 4, 2002 during the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Conference held in San Francisco, US, in which IEEE President-Elect Dr. Michael Adler presented a medal and a cash prize to Dr. Hu. Dr. Hu received his first IEEE award, the Jack A. Morton Award, in 1997 for his contribution to MOSFET reliability. Dr. Herbert Kroemer, 2000 Nobel Laureate in physics, was the recipient of the same award in 1986.

IEEE named Dr. Hu a co-recipient of the the 2002 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award, along with Dr. Ping Ko, a former Professor at University of California at Berkeley for their contributions to MOSFET physics and development of BSIM. In addition to the development of BSIM, Dr. Hu also played an instrumental role in helping over 20 leading IC companies worldwide to form an alliance and establish BSIM as a global standard. Currently, most of semiconductor products worldwide are designed using BSIM model, a testimony to the importance of BSIM.

With more than 366,000 individual members in 150 countries, the IEEE is the largest and most influential engineering association in the world. The IEEE helps advance global prosperity by promoting the development and application of electrical, electronic and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity. The Technical Field Awards of IEEE are considered the most prestigious awards in the field of electronics.

Profile of Dr. Chenming Hu

Dr. Chenming Hu joined TSMC in 2001 as the first CTO in the company’s history and is responsible for developing advanced technology. Before joining TSMC, Dr. Hu had served as the consultant for TSMC for many years. In addition, Dr. Hu was appointed as the first TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor at the College of Engineering of University of California, Berkeley. The TSMC Distinguished Professorship was endowed by TSMC from 1999 with the goal to recognize excellence in teaching and research in the field of microelectronics.

Dr. Hu’s accomplishments in the field of semiconductors are widely recognized. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Life Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science. In the past few years he has led the development of advanced technologies that set world records in transistor size and performance and the first international standard transistor model for IC design.