Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Sponsors ChipCenter's FoundryFreeway Knowledge Center

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 2000-- New Online Knowledge Center Helps Engineers Track Semiconductor Manufacturing

ChipCenter, LLC, (chipcenter.com) the Internet's premier destination for engineers and purchasers in the electronics OEM industry, today announced the launch of its Foundry Freeway Knowledge Center sponsored by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (NYSE: TSM), the world's leading semiconductor foundry. ChipCenter's Foundry Freeway is an advanced information platform for information on semiconductor manufacturing processes and technologies and is part of an ongoing relationship with TSMC to sponsor forums, special events and other community-building activities.

"Through ChipCenter's Foundry Freeway, TSMC and our partners are able to participate in an important online technology forum," said Chuck Byers, Director, Communications, TSMC. "This is a conscious effort to disseminate the latest news and developments in our industry that will benefit ChipCenter readers since pure-play foundries are playing an increasingly important role in the `dis-integration' of the semiconductor industry."

ChipCenter's Foundry Freeway is one of more than 20 Knowledge Centers active on the site, delivering updated technical information, facilitating purchase of hard-to-find materials and providing a "marketplace of ideas" for design engineers and purchasers across a number of industries and specialty fields.

"ChipCenter developed the Foundry Freeway Knowledge Center to be the ultimate resource for engineers and managers involved in semiconductor foundry services. TSMC is at the vanguard of a revolution that is redefining the business model for the semiconductor industry," said Girish Mhatre, CEO of ChipCenter. "Through this sponsorship agreement, TSMC is setting a new standard for getting tomorrow's information into the hands of the engineers who need it today."

The Foundry Freeway Knowledge Center can be found at: http://www.chipcenter.com/foundries.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology, library and IP options and leading-edge foundry services. TSMC operates six eight-inch wafer fabs (Fab 3, 4, 5, 6, TASMC 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 ChipCenter, LLC

ChipCenter, LLC, is the first comprehensive online service for electronic-component information and sourcing. A joint venture of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), Aspect Development, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASDV), Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), CMP Media, Inc., and Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PIOS),ChipCenter is a new kind of marketing channel that integrates demand creation, interest fulfillment and e-commerce transactions in one seamless service, allowing engineers and purchasing agents to learn, find and buy at one convenient location. For more information, visit http://www.chipcenter.com.

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