Artisan and TSMC Revolutionize Library MarketArtisan Will Now Provide Designers With Free Libraries and Direct Technical Support

Hsinchu, Taiwan, Aug. 24, 1998 - Artisan Components, Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced a new strategic library business model that removes the cost of libraries and accelerates design cycles for TSMC's foundry customers.

For the first time, foundry customers can acquire a complete 0.25-micron library for free, eliminating the traditional non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs and usage fees. The program calls for Artisan to work closely with TSMC to design, optimize and validate Artisan's Process-Perfect?libraries for TSMC's semiconductor process, thus eliminating many barriers to starting a design process in advanced technologies.

The agreement comes as part of an expanded comprehensive relationship between the two companies that was announced in the first quarter of this year. Under terms of the new program, Artisan will distribute the libraries, which include standard cells, memories and I/Os optimized to TSMC's process. Additionally, Artisan will provide technical support for the libraries directly to library users. All products and services are available immediately for 0.25-micron, and are expected for TSMC's 0.18-micron process in Q4 of this year.

"This agreement represents a fundamental shift in the pure play foundry industry and will expedite the time that companies can achieve silicon volume on any given new process technology," explained Ron Norris, president of TSMC, U.S.A. "This agreement offers two significant benefits for customers: it provides tested, verified libraries to ensure first-time silicon success and it removes the up-front library procurement costs and difficulties."

"TSMC and Artisan are changing the rules of the foundry-library market, much to the benefit of the fabless community," said Mark Templeton, president and CEO of Artisan Components. "Users are not getting a 'stripped-down' library; they are getting our full Process-Perfect? products that are the clear industry leaders. This agreement's combination of product and service is a natural extension of Artisan's business model, expanding our role to service the range of needs our semiconductor partners require."

Product Availability

Library products and support are available directly from Artisan Components for the TSMC 0.25-micron process. The standard library includes Artisan's HS300 high-speed single- and dual-port memory generators, Artisan's HS300 high-speed 2-port register file generator, Artisan's Process-Perfect? Standard Cell library, and an I/O library. Products are expected for TSMC's 0.18-micron process in Q4 of this year.

TSMC users should contact Artisan directly for more information via the web at; via email at; or via telephone at 877-ARTILIB (877-278-4542). Current TSMC library users who are currently on support will be covered by this program.

About TSMC

TSMC (ADS traded NYSE: TSM, also traded on TSE) is the world's largest dedicated integrated circuit (IC) 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. Currently, TSMC operates two six-inch wafer fabs (Fab 1 and 2) and three eight-inch wafer fabs (Fab 3, 4, and 5), all located in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. In mid-1996, TSMC commenced construction with its joint venture partners on the $1.2 billion WaferTech foundry in the United States. Fabs 6 and 7 are expected to be located in the new Tainan Park in Taiwan. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Taiwan. More information about TSMC is available through the World Wide Web at

About Artisan Components

Founded in 1991, Artisan Components, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTI) provides high-quality silicon intellectual property (IP) to the wo