NetLogic Microsystems Leverages TSMC 80nm-GC Process for Highest Performance Knowledge-based Processor

Mountain View, Calif. And Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Feb. 26, 2007 – NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. [NASDAQ: NETL], the leader in the design and development of knowledge-based processors, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company [TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM] (TSMC), today announced that NetLogic Microsystems’ NL71024 knowledge-based processor has been validated on TSMC’s 80nm-GC process, which lowers active and standby power for improved performance.

NetLogic Microsystems’ NL71024 knowledge-based processor offers the industry’s most advanced parallel processing capabilities with unprecedented database capacity to enable quadruple-play (convergence of voice, video, data, and mobility) and IPv6 applications. The NL71024 represents one of the most complex semiconductor designs with one of the highest gate-count density in TSMC’s logic process.

“We are delighted to have a longstanding relationship with TSMC as our reliable foundry partner, which has allowed us to develop and deliver best-in-class products with high yields to our customers worldwide,” said Mo Maghsoudnia, vice president of manufacturing at NetLogic Microsystems. “The superior technology offered by TSMC’s 80nm-GC process has enabled us to achieve significantly higher performance and database capacity while minimizing power consumption.”

NetLogic Microsystems’ NL71024 knowledge-based processor was specifically designed for the 80nm-GC process without tracing the traditional path of optically shrinking the design from another process.

“NetLogic Microsystems made a significant achievement by being one of the first to qualify to manufacture with our 80nm-GC process,” said Jason Chen, vice president of Corporate Development at TSMC. “We have collaborated by combining our foundry process development and manufacturing capabilities with NetLogic Microsystems’ silicon design expertise to help them bring to market products that power next-generation enterprise and service provider networks.”

About TSMC
TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry industry’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IP, design tools and reference flows. The Company's total installed capacity in 2006 exceeded seven million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from two advanced 12-inch GigaFabs, four eight-inch fabs, and one six-inch fab. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitments at its wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC (Shanghai), and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 65nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please see

About NetLogic Microsystems
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NETL - News), a fabless semiconductor company located in Mountain View, Calif., designs, develops and markets high performance knowledge-based processors for a variety of advanced Internet, corporate and other networking systems, such as routers, switches, network security appliances, network access equipment and networked storage devices. NetLogic Microsystems' knowledge-based processors use advanced processor architecture and a large knowledge or signature database to make complex decisions about individual packets of information traveling through the network. Knowledge-based processors from NetLogic Microsystems significantly enhance the ability of networking OEMs to supply network service providers with systems offering more advanced functionality for the Internet, such as application-based routing, voice transmission over the Internet, or VoIP, unified threat management (UTM) network security, virtual private networks, or VPNs, and streaming video and audio. NetLogic Microsystems' knowledge-based processors are interoperable with industry-leading CPUs, NPUs and routing/switching processors. For more information about products offered by NetLogic Microsystems, call 650.961.6676 or visit the NetLogic Microsystems Web site at
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