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Cadence and TSMC Develop Foundry-Specific, Timing-Driven Toolkit for SOC Designs; Cooperative Effort Reduces Time-to-Market and Improves Clock Performance.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 1999--

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) have jointly created a foundry-specific tool kit targeted at high-end system-on-a-chip (SOC) designs.

The new kit features the Cadence(R) system-level-constraint-based, timing-driven design (SLC-TDD) flow, which can reduce design cycle time by up to 300 percent, reduce constraint file sizes by up to 95 percent, and improve clock performance by as much as 25 percent with 100-percent timing coverage.

The SLC-TDD flow, based on Cadence deep-submicron (DSM) tools, achieves single-pass timing convergence in complex, multimillion-gate, deep-submicron designs. The SLC-TDD flow can significantly reduce turn-around time, boost chip performance by 10 to 30 percent, and decrease die size by 5 to 10 percent. To help make the transition, Cadence Methodology Services offers productivity services around the SLC-TDD flow.

"Our relationship with TSMC gives our joint customers access to proven technology, calibrated to their choice of TSMC processes, to solve their time-to-market and design challenges," said Jim Hogan, vice president of IC Implementation marketing at Cadence. "Coupled with the offerings of Cadence Methodology Services, which optimize the flow for customer specific requirements, this relationship presents a winning combination for design teams facing time-to-market and time-to-volume pressures."

"With process geometries headed into very deep submicron territories, it is imperative to more tightly link tools to specific foundry process in order to fulfill the system-on-chip potential that these process technologies offer," said Andley Chang, Design Service marketing, TSMC. "We have already announced the first commercial availability of a true 0.18-micron process. This joint development effort with Cadence is part of our overall strategy to allow designers to quickly ramp to the new process."

Deliverables and Availability

TSMC now offers production-ready 0.35-, 0.25-, and 0.18-micron technology kits targeted for the Cadence SLC-TDD flow. The technology kits consist of technology files, parasitic extraction and physical verification rule files. Included in the rule files is the Assura(TM) HyperExtract parasitic extraction tool, recently benchmarked by TSMC to ensure it met performance criteria.

Since Cadence introduced the SLC-TDD flow in July 1998, Cadence Methodology Services has assisted many customers to facilitate a production-ready flow. These services enable customers to mitigate the schedule and performance risk associated with the technology flow adoption and concentrate on the challenges of bringing their products to market.

About Cadence

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. is the largest supplier of software products, methodology services, and design services used to accelerate and manage the design of semiconductors, computer systems, networking and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, and a variety of other electronics-based products. With more than 4,000 employees and 1998 annual sales of $1.2 billion, Cadence is headquartered in San Jose, and has sales offices, design centers, and research facilities located around the world. More information about the company, its products and services may be obtained from the World Wide Web at http://www.cadence.com.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated 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. Currently, TSMC operates two six-inch wafer fabs (Fab 1 and 2) and three eight-inch wafer fabs (Fab 3, 4, and 5) all located in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

In mid-1998, TSMC announced that production wafers were being delivered from its first U.S. foundry, WaferTech, a joint venture with Altera, Analog Devices and Integrated Silicon Solutions, Inc. The company has broken ground in the new Tainan Park, which will house Fabs 6 and 7, and recently announced its participation in a $1.2 billion joint venture fab with Philips Semiconductor which is scheduled to open in Singapore in 2000. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Taiwan. More information about TSMC is available through the World Wide Web at www.tsmc.com.

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