Cypress and TSMC Teaming Up on 0.18-micron CPLD Family

Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, Sep. 7, 1998 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby TSMC will manufacture Cypress' next-generation CPLD family. The new family will be based on a six-layer metal, 0.18-micron technology-the smallest feature size for any programmable logic device on the market.

Cypress' new architecture coupled with the aggressive line-widths of TSMC's 0.18-micron process will enable Cypress to deliver very high-density devices-larger than any competing CPLDs. This combination will also provide extremely high performance that will surpass that of FPGAs of similar density. Cypress expects to introduce the new family of CPLDs in 1999. The two companies are already working together on Cypress' Ultra37000(TM) CPLDs, with TSMC producing the family on 0.5- and 0.35-micron EEPROM processes.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Cypress," said Christopher Norris, vice president of Cypress' Programmable Logic Division. "We expect to leapfrog our competitors in the PLD market in terms of line widths, enabling the highest performing, highest density CPLDs ever made. The agreement also allows us to focus more resources on developing unique features that will differentiate these products."

"We are pleased to have an opportunity to bring our leading-edge technology into the CPLD market with Cypress' innovative new architecture," said Ron Norris, president of TSMC-USA. "This agreement demonstrates the strengths and versatility that our process technology brings to customers."

Cypress Broad Programmable Logic Offering

Cypress offers a broad range of programmable logic, including industry-standard SPLDs such as the 16V8, 20V8 and 22V10, and the In-System Reprogrammable (ISRTM) Ultra37000 and FLASH370iTM CPLDs. Cypress CPLDs maintain their pinout and critical timing paths, even with major logic revisions, so designers can implement in-system changes without the risk of having to re-layout their board. Cypress's devices are supported by the WarpTM design tools, giving users access to a broad range of devices with a single, open development tool using VHDL or Verilog.

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated integrated circuit foundry and offers a comprehensive set of IC fabrication processes, including processes to manufacture CMOS logic, mixed-mode, volatile and non-volatile memory and BiCMOS chips.

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is an international supplier of high-performance integrated circuits with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, California. The company provides a broad range of products for leading computer, networking, and telecommunications companies worldwide. Cypress's product line includes static RAM and specialty memories; programmable logic devices (PLDs); data communications products; FCT logic; and personal computer timing devices and USB microcontrollers. Its shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CY. The company's worldwide web site is http://www.cypress.com.

Ultra37000, FLASH370i, ISR, and Warp are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.