TSMC and ARM Take Next Step to Leading-Edge, Foundry-Specific SoC Solutions ARM(R) Cores in TSMC Processes Lower Barriers to Entry for SoC Designs

CAMBRIDGE, England and HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ARM (London: ARM) (Nasdaq: ARMHY), the industry's leading provider of 32-bit RISC microprocessor core intellectual property (IP), and TSMC (NYSE: TSM), the world's leading foundry, today signed an agreement that expands the two companies' existing relationship. As a result of this agreement, foundry customers will now be able to implement ARM(R) IP for advanced system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, fabricated with TSMC technology, to target emerging, high-growth applications including wired and wireless networking, as well as consumer Internet-enabled solutions. This agreement strengthens the companies' ongoing relationship, providing TSMC's foundry customers with access to TSMC silicon-verified ARM7TDMI(TM) processor cores.

"As the first foundry to fabricate ARM core-based products, through several existing ARM Semiconductor Partners, TSMC has gained extensive experience with the ARM architecture. This experience started with the 0.6-micron generation and continues to the 0.18-micron generation today," said Mike Pawlik, vice president of corporate marketing for TSMC. "ARM's Foundry Program further strengthens our relationship, combining TSMC's proven manufacturing excellence with the high-performance, low-power ARM cores to create leading-edge products for a variety of emerging markets."

"The demand for ARM solutions from foundry customers continues to grow," said Reynette Au, vice president of worldwide marketing for ARM. "Many of our Silicon Partners already work directly with TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, to produce ARM Powered(TM) devices. By extending this relationship through our new Foundry Program, ARM and TSMC will continue to drive the ARM architecture's acceptance as the industry's leading 16- and 32-bit RISC embedded processor core.

ARM continues to meet the needs of its silicon and systems partners, and the embedded processor industry, by offering a complete SoC design package, including processor cores, peripheral IP, development tools, applications software, EDA tools and design services. The ARM architecture is well supported by semiconductor and system manufacturers, real-time operating system providers, third-party toolchain developers, application software providers and ARM design centers.

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 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 the company's first 300mm wafer fabs, Fab 7 in Tainan; and Fab 12 in Hsin-Chu. The company has also announced plans to merge TASMC and Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (WSMC) into TSMC. 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. More information about TSMC is available through the World Wide Web at http://www.TSMC.com .

About ARM

ARM, a leading intellectual property (IP) provider, licenses high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded so