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Mentor Graphics provides TSMC-qualified process design kit for 0.13 micron mixed-mode and RF design

Wilsonville, Ore., and Hsinchu, Taiwan, Nov. 30, 2006 – Mentor Graphics (NASQ: MENT) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TAIEX: 2330, NYSE: TSM), today announced the release of foundry-qualified process design kits (Mentor-PDKs) that support Mentor’s custom/mixed-signal IC design flow.

TSMC has provided foundry-qualified DRC, LVS, and parasitic extraction rule decks qualified for Mentor Graphics Calibre® physical verification product, as well as Spice models for Mentor’s Eldo® Spice simulator. And now, starting with this latest release of the 0.13µ (micron) mixed-mode and RF Mentor-PDK for TSMC’s CR013G process, TSMC now supports Mentor Graphics IC studio custom/mixed-signal IC design flow. This kit now includes symbol library for Design Architect®-IC schematic capture and parameterized layout generators for IC Station® layout editor. This complete Mentor-PDK has been pre-qualified with the TSMC process. Design kits for the 90nm and 65nm nodes are currently being developed.

“TSMC and Mentor Graphics have collaborated in the development and validation of the Mentor process design kit,” said Ed Wan, senior director of product marketing and design service at TSMC. “With the release of qualified process design kits such as this, IC designers will be able to leverage the readiness of our analog mixed-signal and RF technologies more efficiently and effectively, and jump start their design activities quickly and confidently.”

Among many users of this CR013G Mentor-PDK is MediaPhy, a fables semiconductor company developing next generation solutions for global mobile media applications. MediaPhy has been an early adopter of this kit since its alpha and beta stages.

“We have been working closely with Mentor Graphics and TSMC through the early development stages to address our ever-increasing requirements for mixed-signal and RF designs.” said Mohammad Moradi, co-founder and VP of engineering at MediaPhy. “We have been receiving collaborative support from both Mentor and TSMC, which has made this design kit a center piece of our advanced design methodology. We are pleased to see its official offering from TSMC that gives added confidence and benefits not only to us, but to the greater IC design community.”

“The partnership between TSMC and Mentor has supported chip designers in their quest to complete designs efficiently. I am pleased to see this collaboration elevated to the next level.” said Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager, Deep Submicron (DSM) division, Mentor Graphics. “With the support of Mentor-PDKs and Eldo/ADMS Views, we are enabling our common customers to design in TSMC's leading nanometer technologies.”

New Mentor IC studio Design Platform
Mentor’s new IC studio design environment integrates all of Mentor Graphics custom-IC design tools into a seamless flow that enables designers to quickly and accurately conceptualize, capture, simulate, layout, and verify the most challenging of custom, analog, RF, and mixed-signal designs. Prominent design capture tools in the ICstudio environment include Design Architect-IC, a powerful schematic capture, netlisting, and simulation control cockpit, and IC Station®, Mentor’s connectivity-driven layout editor and chip assembly tool. These capture tools integrate tightly with Mentor’s best-in-class Calibre verification platform and Eldo and ADvance®MS simulation tools to provide a cohesive front-to-back IC design flow. ICstudio also provides robust data management and revision control capabilities to facilitate collaborative IC design.

About the new 0.13m Mixed-Mode RF design kit
This new design kit contains all the basic components necessary to kick off a production design project with Mentor’s IC Flow. It includes schematic symbols for DA-IC with their netlist control files, and parameterized device generators for automatic and correct-by-construction device layout in IC Station. It also contains the TSMC-supplied Calibre rule decks and Eldo Spice models. Customers who download this kit can jump start their design process with the added confidence that together with a tightly integrated flow, they have a design kit that complies with TSMC’s manufacturing process.

Availability
The design kit is available for customer download directly from TSMC, through TSMC-Online website at http://online.tsmc.com.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $700 million and employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

About TSMC
TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry industry’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IP, design tools and reference flows. The Company's total installed capacity in 2006 will exceed seven million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from two advanced 12-inch GigaFabs, four eight-inch fabs, and one six-inch fab. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitments at its wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC (Shanghai), and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 65nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please see http://www.tsmc.com.


(Mentor Graphics, Calibre, Eldo, Design Architect-IC, Advance MS and IC Station are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

For more information,
please contact:

Carole Thurman
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
carole_thurman@mentor.com

Laurie Brunner
TSMC North America
408-382-8089

 
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