TSMC Offers Fully Verified Agilent Models for Base-band to RF SimulationDesigners may simulate with increased confidence over full frequency range

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14, 2001 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, said it is now providing simulation models over the full frequency range for its 0.18-micron and 0.25-micron mixed-signal/RF CMOS processes.

The first models are targeted to the Agilent Design Systems (ADS) simulation environment. ADS models for the TSMC 0.18-micron and 0.25-micron mixed-signal processes are available from TSMC today and will be downloadable later this month at online.tsmc.com. Technology files for TSMC’s advanced 0.13-micron mixed-signal and RF processes are expected to be available later in the year.

TSMC CMOS RF processes are the foundation for a variety of end-use products, including optical networking, wireless LAN, and many other communications applications. TSMC support for Agilent's leading RF simulation environment reflects the strong demand by designers for state-of-the-art analysis as they prepare these products for market.

TSMC’s simulation models support the full range of frequencies from DC through baseband and to the RF range. This frequency range provides designers with the ability to simulate the entire system-on-chip design, ensuring correct operation at all frequencies. At the 0.25-micron node, these frequencies typically range from the audio and video frequencies in the baseband to 5 GHz in the RF band. Frequencies attained by advanced designers have exceeded 10 GHz in the 0.13-micron node.

“RF designers insist on simulation environments that are attuned to their needs,” said Genda Hu, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, TSMC. “By providing quality models for the ADS simulation environment, TSMC increases confidence for designers simulating transceivers, mixers, and other critical RF blocks.”

“We have developed a close alliance with TSMC to ensure that our joint customers have access to high quality, fully supported models for TSMC processes,” said Jim McGillivary, Vice President of Agilent Technologies. "In this alliance Agilent has, for the first time, verified base-band model performance in our RF simulators against standard SPICE tools. As a result, designers can simulate seamlessly from base-band to RF in the ADS environment with both TSMC 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron CMOS processes."

This offering extends TSMC's mixed-signal/RF design infrastructure that already includes process design kits for the Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics analog toolsets, as well as multi-vendor substrate noise analysis and analog synthesis tool coverage for TSMC's 0.18-micron and 0.25-micron mixed-signal/RF CMOS processes.

“TSMC now offers all of the bricks and mortar that RF designers need for rapid time-to-market,” said Dr. Andrew Moore, Design Service Marketing Manager at TSMC. "All of the TSMC elements available -- including varactors, high-Q inductors, and precision resistors -- are modeled in the ADS environment."

About Agilent Technologies' Advanced Design System

The Advanced Design System (ADS) is an EDA software environment that provides a complete suite of design tools to designers of products such as cellular and portable phones, pagers, wireless and broadband networks, and radar and satellite communications systems. ADS is a product of Agilent Technologies, a global technology leader in communications, electronics, and life sciences. More information about Advanced Design System is available at http://www.agilent.com/eesof-eda.

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 two six-inch wafer fabs and six eight-inch wafer fabs. The Company also has substan