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TSMC'S 0.15-MICRON TECHNOLOGY IN VOLUME PRODUCTION WITH NVIDIA'S GEFORCE3 GPU.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, has announced that it has successfully ramped the foundry industry leading 0.15-micron process to full production status.

TSMC has delivered the highly-anticipated GeForce3 GPU, in addition to the key processors for the Xbox video game console, to NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) using the high-performance version of TSMC's 0.15-micron process (CL015LV). Several other customer products, using diverse 0.15-micron process variations, are also in volume production stage.

"We are delighted to be among the first to make use of TSMC's advanced 0.15-micron process technology," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO for NVIDIA. "This new process has enabled us to create more sophisticated processors for advanced graphics and multimedia applications. TSMC has clearly demonstrated that it is ahead of the curve with its state-of-the-art process technology."

TSMC's 0.15-micron process targets leading-edge computer, communications, and consumer applications for high speed and low power consumption. The process provides significant performance advantages over 0.18-micron processes while, at the same time, significantly reducing die cost.

"Our 0.15-micron process is the industry's most advanced technology in volume production," said F.C. Tseng, president for TSMC. "This is another example of TSMC's leadership in meeting customer demand for aggressive technology introductions together with rapid transition to volume production. We have experienced increasing demand for our 0.15 micron technology."

NVIDIA Corporation, a global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology, is among the first companies to implement 0.15-micron designs for the superior performance. NVIDIA has used this new process for the recently announced GeForce3 GPU, the Xbox Graphics Processing Unit (XGPU) and Xbox Media Communications Processor (MCPX).

TSMC's 0.15-micron process is an important platform that meets the market demand for an optimal combination of speed, power and density while accommodating a robust transition from aluminum to copper interconnects. TSMC was the first foundry to deliver the 0.15-micron process technology, which was qualified in March 2000. The technology has been transferred to TSMC fabs, with ample capacity to meet growing customer demand.
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Date:Apr 2, 2001
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