Austin, Texas, USA - October 22, 2001 - Wintegra?, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company targeting the access infrastructure market, has announced its collaboration with two of the world's largest IC manufacturing, packaging and test companies, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE: TSMC), and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE) (TAIEX: 2311, NYSE: ASX). TSMC will serve as Wintegra's wafer foundry and ASE will provide packaging and test services for Wintegra's WinPath? family of access packet processors, which will be announced later this year.
"TSMC and ASE are high-quality and well-known suppliers in the industry and to our customers," said Kobi Ben-Zvi, Wintegra's President and CEO. "They are able to offer excellent service, leading-edge technology roadmaps, geographic proximity to one another and reliable supply and capacity throughout our growth plans and patterns. Their experience and familiarity in working with one another through all aspects of the manufacturing process provides our customers with a good foundation of trust by having another layer of proven reliability behind our product."
TSMC is the world's largest dedicated foundry, boasting an aggressive technology roadmap and alliances with leading EDA, IP, library and packaging suppliers. TSMC will be fabricating Wintegra's unique chip design on its .18 micron CMOS manufacturing process.
"TSMC is committed to lowering barriers of entry for innovative companies, such as Wintegra, to become competitive forces in their respective markets," said David Keller, vice president of business management at TSMC North America.
ASE is a leader in IC packaging, testing and total EMS, or electronics manufacturing services, solutions. It will be providing Wintegra with materials, assembly and test services, as well as being a key link in the manufacturing process along with TSMC.
"At ASE, we possess superior technical analysis and consulting services in addition to our packaging and materials expertise to improve IC packaging," said John Nickelsen, Vice President of Sales for Central & Southwest Regions of ASE (U.S.). "Players of all size in an increasingly competitive and shrinking technological world need to leverage their strengths for competitive advantages, and we believe that the strengths of ASE, Wintegra and TSMC will be mutually beneficial for each of us and our customers."
"These partnerships offer us the best-in-class in fab manufacturing and assembly/test technology and practices, thereby offering our customers a complete product using the highest quality processes," said Ben-Zvi.
Founded in January 2000, Wintegra, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that enables communications infrastructure equipment providers to migrate their product lines toward the next generation of access networks with a family of single-chip solutions. The company’s founders include experienced world-class engineering management, heading a team built from the top down that has the ability to tackle and solve complex issues quickly. Wintegra’s mission is to be the #1 provider of protocol-handling components in the access infrastructure through innovative architectures, technical support and quality of service, creating win-win relationships, and strengthening those relationships through commitment, excellence and integrity. It will launch its WinPath? access packet processor family in 2001.
TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology and the foundry industry's largest portfolio of process-proven library, IP, design tools and reference flows. The company operates two advanced 300mm wafer fabs, seven eight-inch fabs and two six-inch wafer fabs. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitment