austriamicrosystems Announces 0.35um Technology FamilyLicense of TSMC allows austriamicrosystems to implement an industry-leading technology in its new 200mm fab and to add special process modules

Unterpremstatten (Austria)/Hsin-Chu (Taiwan), December 7 -- austriamicrosystems, the European Semiconductor Foundry, has licensed 0.35-micron CMOS mixed-signal technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading semiconductor foundry.

Under the terms of the agreement, austriamicrosystems will implement TSMC’s 0.35-micron CMOS mixed-signal process over the next few months in austriamicrosystems’ new 200mm fab in Unterpremstatten near Graz, Austria. TSMC benefits from up-front licensing of the technology while establishing a European manufacturing site capable of delivering its high-quality foundry technology to customers in the European region.

With years of experience in specialty processes for mixed-signal, high-voltage and RF applications, austriamicrosystems AG now has an industry-proven base for entering the deep-submicron technology sector. By teaming with TSMC, austriamicrosystems is able to provide this expanded customer base with the world’s leading 0.35-micron CMOS mixed-signal technology.

“A fast track approach will enable us to integrate our technology modules, such as BiCMOS, SiGe and high-voltage extensions, into this new 0.35 μm CMOS mixed-signal platform. With these technology offerings we will be able to meet current and future customer requirements in the mixed signal and RF area,” explains Wolfgang Pribyl, austriamicrosystems‘ Chief Operating Officer.

“Through this agreement, austriamicrosystems’ customers will benefit from the strength of austriamicrosystems’ mixed signal design and system competence and TSMC’s world-class process expertise,” said Hans Rohrer, president of TSMC Europe.

This license agreement allows both parties to realize exceptional benefits: austriamicrosystems‘ customers are assured of a quality process with capacity available from two compatible sources. At the same time, austriamicrosystems can bring its special process and design support expertise into this transcontinental partnership. Both companies have agreed to allow review of the agreement at a later date, with an eye toward extending the licensing arrangement to other process geometries.

“As IC market conditions improve, austriamicrosystems will be well positioned to provide our customers with significantly greater manufacturing capabilities,” said Pribyl.

About austriamicrosystems

austriamicrosystems AG with headquarters in Unterpremstatten near Graz is one of the world leaders in design and manufacturing of microchips tailored to customers needs. The company has 940 employees and operates in 14 locations worldwide. Last year sales, reached approximately EUR 121.9 million. For more information about austriamicrosystems please go to: http://www.austriamicrosystems.com

austriamicrosystems’ business is derived from four strategic business units, namely Automotive (drive!), Communications (accento!), Industry (amadeus!) and Full-Service Foundry (concerto!). Despite the global crisis in the semiconductor market, 20% growth of sales is expected for this year.

About TSMC

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 commitments at two joint ventures fabs (Vanguard and SSMC) and at its wholly-owned subsidiary, WaferTech. In early 2001, TSMC became the first IC manufacturer to announce a 0.10-micron technology alignment program with its customers. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please go to http://ww