TriMedia Technologies and TSMC Deliver TriMedia Processor Cores Optimized for TSMC Processes

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2000-- First-Ever Availability of TriMedia's Advanced VLIW Cores for Fabless Semiconductor Companies

TriMedia Technologies, the industry's leading provider of VLIW microprocessor core intellectual property (IP), and TSMC, the world's leading foundry today agreed to make available TSMC-optimized "hard-core" implementations of TriMedia VLIW processor cores in TSMC processes. The agreement initially covers TriMedia's TM32 32bit VLIW core, which has been ported to TSMC's 0.18um process. The core will be made available by TriMedia Technologies to System-on-Chip (SoC) designers as a "drop-in" core, thus significantly reducing the time to market of such SoC's. In addition, TriMedia Technologies will also offer the cores on a "per-use" basis, thus dramatically lowering the cost of entry for SoC designers to its advanced VLIW technology.

"The VLIW (very-long-instruction-word) architecture is the most silicon-area efficient high-performance architecture known to date", said Cees Hartgring, President and CEO of TriMedia Technologies. "For example, on a single small TM32 VLIW core one can run in software a complete video conferencing application including video/audio encode and decode, picture improvement, modem, "hands-free" telephony, graphics, protocol handling, etc. and still have ample processing power left. These advanced VLIW cores, implemented in TSMC's leading process technologies, will now be available to all SoC developers."

"TSMC was the first foundry to fabricate TriMedia embedded products and has gained extensive experience with the TriMedia architecture, starting in 1996 with the 0.5-micron generation down to the 0.18-micron generation of today" said Peyman Kazemkhani, IP Alliance Program Director at TSMC. "TSMC's proven manufacturing excellence and TriMedia's silicon-area efficient high-performance cores will fuel the creation of new leading-edge SoC's for advanced next generation products".

About TriMedia Technologies

TriMedia Technologies, Inc., a new Silicon Valley company, develops and licenses VLIW (very-long instruction word) processor technology. Its TriMedia(TM) VLIW architecture processes up to five operations in every clock cycle and is ideally suited for demanding media processing tasks. TriMedia technology has powered already over 50 appliances like advanced set-top boxes, digital and analog televisions, video editing systems, digital video recorders, videophones, and home networking products. The largest cable companies in the USA and Europe have selected TriMedia-embedded advanced set top boxes. The company was established with the initial backing of two leaders in consumer electronics, Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corporation. Please visit the company's website: www.trimedia.com.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading manufacturing capacity, process technology, library and IP options, and other leading-edge foundry services. TSMC is operating eight fabs and constructing two new 300mm fabs. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitments at three additional facilities (WaferTech, SSMC and VIS) jointly operated by TSMC and its partners. In 2000, TSMC expects to have the capacity for nearly 3.4 million 8-inch equivalent wafers, increasing to 4.8 million wafers in 2001. In addition, TSMC recently became the first foundry to license its technology to a leading IDM, thereby establishing itself as an acknowledged world leader in process technology. Fabrication processes offered by TSMC include CMOS logic, mixed-mode, volatile and non-volatile memory, and BiCMOS. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.