Dr. Che-Chia Wei was Appointed New VP of TSMC

February 2, 1998, Hsin-chu, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC or the "Company") (NYSE: TSM) announced today that Dr. Che-Chia Wei has been appointed a vice-president of TSMC.

"TSMC has always been dedicated to recruiting talented people. It is our pleasure to invite Dr. Wei, an expert in the semiconductor field, to join our operating team." said Dr. Morris Chang, TSMC's Chairman and President, "With Dr. Wei on board, TSMC's management team will become even stronger and will lead the company to an even brighter future."

Dr. Wei comes to TSMC from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., where was Senio VP of Technology, responsible for R&D, quality assurance, customer engineering and DRAM departments. Dr. Wei also served as the Board Director of Institute of Microelectronics and Institute of Material Research and Engineering in Singapore.

After receiving his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan, Dr. Wei pursued further education in the U.S. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1985. In 1985 Dr. Wei joined Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) as a Member of Technical Staff. His research areas included process technology and reliability developments. During the period of 1989 to 1993, Dr. Wei worked for SGS-Thomson and was in charge of the development of process technology. Dr. Wei has published more than 30 papers and owns 35 US patents.

"TSMC 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.