HSIN-CHU, Taiwan, December 4, 2000 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM - news), the world's leading semiconductor foundry, today unveiled TSMC-Online 3.0. The service features new engineering and logistics capabilities that accelerate time-to-volume for IC production.
TSMC-Online 3.0 provides an extensive view into the foundry's manufacturing environment for engineering, logistics and design collaboration, including interactive views of prototyping and yield analysis data along with real-time production and shipping status updates. In addition to these new, extensive engineering and logistics collaboration features, TSMC expects to announce the industry's most powerful design collaboration capabilities in early Q1 2001.
"Customers using TSMC-Online 3.0 now have a personalized window into the foundry, allowing them to literally follow their wafers through the fabrication process," said Lawrence Chen, TSMC's E-Commerce marketing manager. "This advances its concept of a 'Virtual Fab' to new levels by providing the power to select the exact production information they need to monitor wafers in both engineering and mass production stages. We are also aggressively developing design collaboration capabilities to take the 'Virtual Fab' concept even further."
TSMC-Online 3.0 provides a variety of new engineering capabilities, including interactive views of prototyping, lot status, yield analysis and quality reliability data. Customers can view availability in TSMC's CyberShuttle? device-prototyping program and book space to shorten cycle time and ensure complete data to start mask production. Online 3.0 allows customers to request lot holds online for closer engineering communication. A Quality and Reliability Assurance (QRA) Subdomain is significantly enhanced to provide interactive updates of critical reports. Online 3.0 also creates customized, aggregated views of Yield and Wafer Acceptance Test (WAT) analysis, slashing the time and effort necessary to consolidate extensive yield and WAT data.
TSMC has enhanced the logistics capabilities of Online 3.0 to create easy-to-use real-time production information updates. TSMC Online 3.0 users can create their own personalized view of order and shipping status that is updated three times daily. Mask inventory and product manufacturing flow information is also available for quick and easy decision-making. An advanced key word search feature helps users locate any engineering or logistics information anywhere on the TSMC website. Online 3.0's customer-defined parameters streamline production information by grouping reports based on the sequence of activities and by consolidating reports on order information as well as file-base reports. Online 3.0 has also integrated a Webex internet conference forum to enhance direct interaction among engineers and provides sharing of charts, screenshots, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) individual die images.
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 (Fab 1 and 2) and six eight-inch wafer fabs (Fab 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8). The company has substantial capacity commitments at three joint venture fabs - Vanguard, WaferTech, and SSMC. TSMC is currently ramping the industry's first 300mm pilot line at its Fab 6 and is constructing three dedicated 300mm fabs, Fab 12 in Hsin-Chu and Fabs 14 and 15 in Tainan. In 2001, TSMC expects to produce nearly 4.8 million eight-inch equivalent wafers. Fabrication processes offered by TSMC include CMOS logic, mixed-mode/RF, volatile and non-volatile memory, and BiCMOS. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.