TSMC and Innovent Systems Collaborate on First All-CMOS Bluetooth RF IC; Leading Foundry First to Manufacture Innovative Blutonium Short-Range Wireless Solution

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2000--Innovent Systems, Inc. a start-up fabless semiconductor company specializing in integrated radio technology, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd (TSMC) today announced the successful production of the world's first fully integrated single-chip Bluetooth(TM) transceiver using an all- CMOS process. The chip, the first in Innovent's Blutonium(TM) family of RF and baseband chipsets and cores, conforms to Bluetooth(TM) 1.0 specifications and will allow OEMs to implement the standard in next-generation computing and telecommunications devices using a single, integrated radio-band IC.

Innovent's first product, the NVT1003, is manufactured in TSMC's 0.35 micron standard digital CMOS process. It is available for immediate sampling.

"With the NVT1003, Innovent has established itself as the first company to demonstrate fully-integrated RF functionality in CMOS. We are pleased to be able to work with them and their unique implementation to open the door to an exciting new range of Bluetooth(TM) and short-range wireless applications," said F.C. Tseng, president of TSMC. "This successful production demonstrates TSMC's commitment to broadening our technology line to serve high-growth, strategic markets. Innovent's implementation is particularly significant because it shows that a chip with high levels of integration and performance can be manufactured at acceptable price points and with a production-proven process such as standard CMOS."

The NVT1003 is the first in a series of high-performance Blutonium(TM) products Innovent has planned for the short-range wireless market. Testing is already underway on an integrated RF/baseband system-on-chip, also to be manufactured in standard CMOS. Innovent will provide technical assistance to TSMC as the two companies continue to work together to implement Innovent's designs in silicon.

"We are excited to be working with such an industry leader as TSMC to produce our first products. We are confident that our unique all-CMOS approach will change the way the industry views integrated radios," said William T. Colleran, president and CEO of Innovent. "Demonstrating RF and baseband functionality in a generic CMOS process validates our technical and business strategies and makes this technology much more accessible for a wide range of applications."

Innovent's technology, which operates in the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band, is compatible with all existing and emerging short-range wireless communications protocols, including Bluetooth(TM), HomeRF and IEEE 802.11. Innovent is a member of the Bluetooth(TM) Special Interest Group and a lead sponsor of the Bluetooth(TM) 2000 Congress being held next week.

About Innovent

Innovent Systems, Inc., founded in 1999, develops high performance systems for short-range wireless data communications. The company enables its OEM customers by offering complete solutions comprising all necessary system functions: RF circuits, digital baseband processors and protocol software/firmware. Innovent differentiates itself by providing fully integrated, single-chip CMOS transceivers and modular, scalable baseband processors to enable solutions at the lowest possible costs. The company delivers compelling products by leveraging it proprietary intellectual property including systems architectures and design techniques for CMOS RF integrated circuits, error-free signal coding, advanced modulation techniques, and wireless networking protocols. Innovent targets applications requiring short-range wireless connectivity as embodied by Bluetooth(TM), HomeRF and IEEE 802.11 communications protocols. For more information, visit www.innoventsystems.com.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process techno