HSIN-CHU, Taiwan, July 10, 2001 – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, is taking bookings for its second-half 2001 CyberShuttle launches, featuring a variety of leading-edge technologies. TSMC has doubled the number of CyberShuttle launches in 2001 compared to year 2000, mostly to accommodate increased demand for 0.18-micron-and-below technologies.
"The demand for TSMC's prototyping service continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a result, we've doubled the number of scheduled launches this year compared to last year," said Genda Hu, TSMC vice president of corporate marketing. "CyberShuttle continues to benefit leading-edge designers by providing a quick and affordable method to test out their designs."
CyberShuttle is the foundry industry's most active device prototyping program. This year, TSMC will launch approximately 100 CyberShuttles. That is nearly twice the 50 successful launches in 2000 and five times the 20 launches in 1999. Since January 2000, there have been almost one thousand successful tapeouts.
"The opportunity for innovation is a key factor in the program's success. The biggest demand has been for the 0.18-micron-and-below bookings, but there is growing interest in other new technologies, such as wafer bumping and CMOS image sensors," said Justin Wang, deputy director of Strategic Service Marketing for TSMC. "Designers recognize that while technology evolves, mask costs grow significantly. Yet in today's marketplace, innovation and fast time to market are key product differentiators. With the CyberShuttle program, designers from multiple companies-or with multiple designs-can share the cost of the mask. This allows designers to test more creative ideas while accelerating time-to-volume. More often than not, we have a waiting list for our popular shuttles. It is a testimony to program’s widely accepted value proposition. "Among the launches set for this year, over one-third will utilize TSMC's advanced 0.13-micron process. TMSC is the first foundry to offer a shuttle with this advanced technology. The program also targets shuttles to a number of process options including logic, mixed-mode, and CMOS image sensor, as well as low-voltage and low-power options.
At the beginning of 2001, CyberShuttle was integrated into TSMC Online. Now TSMC Online users can order and track Cybershuttles over the Internet. An intuitive registration page offers TSMC CyberShuttle users an easy method for applying for placement on a shuttle. TSMC Online is a part of TSMC's eFoundry initiative to improve the foundry supply chain with advanced online services.
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 nine eight-inch wafer fabs in three countries, including its two joint ventures fabs – Vanguard and SSMC – and its North American subsidiary, WaferTech. In 2000, TSMC produced the foundry industry's first 300mm customer wafers and began constructing two dedicated 300mm fabs. 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.