TSMC Licenses DSP Group's PineDSPCore

HSIN-CHU, TAIWAN AND SANTA CLARA, CA July 25, 1996 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and DSP Group announced today that TSMC has licensed the PineDSPCore's digital signal processor technology from DSP Group, Inc. of Santa Clara, California. TSMC will integrate the PineDSPCore into its application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) cell library and make the cell library available to its customers for a wide variety of applications in communications, multimedia, embedded control and general purpose digital signal processing.

The PineDSPCore is a 16-bit general purpose low-power, low-voltage, high speed digital signal processing (DSP) core designed for speech and audio processing, tele-communications, digital cellular and embedded control applications. PineDSPCore, available as a DSP core in a standard cell library, is utilized as a part of the user's custom chip designs. Its instructions are executed as fast as 25 nanoseconds (40 MIPS). Its performance is comparable to higher-end DSP processors but with lower power dissipation and lower price.

"TSMC has focused not only on providing pure foundry manufacturing services, but also on offering ASIC services to customers as well. The PineDSPCore will extend our ASIC library offerings to enhance the product performance. With the PineDSPCore license, we will be better able to serve our customers in growing markets such as multimedia and tele-communication applications," said Dr. Quincy Lin, vice-president of TSMC.

"We are delighted to be working with TSMC and it is gratifying having TSMC join our extensive family of DSP core licensees," said Irving Gold, vice president of marketing and sales DSP core technology of DSP Group. "We are pleased that TSMC will make the PineDSPCore available in its ASIC library for use by its clients in a wide variety of products," Gold continued.

TSMC is the world's largest and fastest growing dedicated semiconductor foundry, manufacturing more than one million six-inch wafers per year in 1995. In 1991, TSMC started its ASIC services which include a wide range of library support, from conventional gate arrays to high complexity cell based families and to the newly developed cell based array families. With compilable memory blocks, efficient datapath construction and key megacell functions, customers can enjoy their "System on Silicon" ASIC design with TSMC and a seamless transition to high volume production.

TSMC posted growth of 57% in 1994 and 49% in 1995. Currently, the company's 6-inch fabs (Fabs 1, 2A and 2B) run at full capacity putting out 100,000 wafers per month. Fab 3, which commenced 8-inch wafer output in September of 1995 will be in volume production for a variety of customers ramping to 25,000 8-inch wafers per month by the end of 1996. TSMC fabs are located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has subsidiaries in the United States and Europe.

DSP Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG), headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a leader in the development and marketing of high-performance cost-effective digital signal processing solutions for the consumer telephony, computer telephony and personal computer industries. By combining three key technologies -- speech processing algorithms, telephony algorithms and digital signal processors (DSPs) -- the company has delivered a wide range of enabling application-specific DSPs to these markets.