NetLogic Microsystems and TSMC Collaborate on Industry-Leading 40nm Technology for Next-Generation Knowledge-based Processors and 10/40/100 Gigabit Physical Layer Solutions

    NetLogic Microsystems Successfully Migrates Multiple Product Lines to
    TSMC's Advanced 40nm Technology Node to offer customers significantly
    higher performance, lower power consumption and advanced features that
    enable next-generation networking, communications, data center, security
    and storage applications

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C., July 15 /CNW/ --
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. [Nasdaq:   NETL], a leader in the design and
development of knowledge-based processors and high-speed integrated circuits,
and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company [TWSE: 2330, NYSE:   TSM] (TSMC)
today announced their collaboration on the industry-leading 40nm-G
semiconductor process technology for NetLogic Microsystems' next-generation
advanced knowledge-based processors and 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet physical
layer (PHY) solutions.  NetLogic Microsystems is one of first companies to
tape-out and sample multiple silicon products in TSMC's advanced 40nm
technology node.

    NetLogic Microsystems is currently sampling its NLP2040 and NLP3040 PHY
devices, the industry's first single-die quad-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
PHY devices, both of which are manufactured in the advanced 40nm process to
deliver the highest performance and lowest power consumption for
next-generation switches, routers and blade servers addressing the data
center, enterprise networking, storage and service provider markets. In
addition, NetLogic Microsystems is sampling the leading-edge NLP10000, the
industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY solution, which is also manufactured
in the advanced 40nm process and offers customers unprecedented scalability
for data-center, metro and long haul applications that require a 10X increase
in performance while maximizing energy efficiency.

    NetLogic Microsystems will also be taping out its next-generation
knowledge-based processor, the NL11000 device, in TSMC's 40nm process.  The
NL11000 knowledge-based processor will offer significantly higher performance,
lower power and cost advantages as a result of the close collaboration with
TSMC.  NetLogic Microsystems has developed a suite of custom circuits
optimized around TSMC's 40nm node, including high-speed serial interface
technology, analog and clocking circuitry, core processing elements and other
standard cells, as well as refining the design and tape-out flow for this

    This collaboration extends upon the long-standing relationship between
TSMC and NetLogic Microsystems on the use of advanced cost-effective half-node
technologies, including 55nm, 80nm and 110nm.  The companies expect to broaden
the relationship to include the high-performance Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded
Processor product line from RMI Corporation, with which NetLogic Microsystems
has entered into a definitive agreement to merge.  RMI recently announced the
industry's most advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processor, the XLP(TM), 
processor, which is also being designed on TSMC's 40nm-G technology, providing
synergies between the NetLogic Microsystems and RMI in custom IP and cell
development on this node, as well as verification and tape-out
cross-experience. RMI's use of the TSMC 40nm node will provide them with
significant power, performance and cost advantages over competitive designs
which use the 65nm node.  The merger with RMI is expected to close by the end
of the third quarter of 2009.

    The worldwide growth in broadband services and rich media content has
resulted in significant bandwidth demands on carrier optical transport
networks (OTN), as well as access aggregation networks for PON, DSL, cable,
3G/4G mobile wireless and WiMAX.  In addition, major data center network
managers are moving to increase network throughputs to 40/100GE in order to
support the exponential demand for video, peer-to-peer and virtualization
services.  The 40nm process node helps NetLogic Microsystems further enhance
its technology leadership, and provide its customers the ability to drive
enhanced value and increased functionality at every performance level.
Compared with 65nm technology, 40nm technology offers 50% smaller die size,
30% lower power and 30% higher performance.

    "We are pleased to continue our close collaboration with TSMC on its most
advanced process nodes," said Ron Jankov, president and CEO at NetLogic
Microsystems. "The long-standing relationship with TSMC as our reliable
foundry partner and the migration of our products to the latest 40nm-G process
technology demonstrate our continued commitment to developing and delivering
best-in-class products to our customers worldwide."

    "We are delighted to once again be working with NetLogic Microsystems as
one of the lead customers for our advanced 40nm technology node," said Rick
Cassidy, president of TSMC North America.  "This is a significant achievement
for NetLogic Microsystems to so quickly migrate their highly complex, high
logic density and very high performance products to our 40nm-G process. The
performance, cost and power benefits of our advanced 40nm technology will
provide significant benefits to the innovative technologies in NetLogic
Microsystems' industry-leading knowledge-based processors, 10/40/100G PHY
solutions and RMI's advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processors, enabling
Tier One OEMs to develop next-generation systems that power tomorrow's
Internet networks."

    NetLogic Microsystems is now sampling its NL11000 product in 40nm and has
starting shipments of its quad-port 10 GE PHY and 100 GE PHY in 40nm. For
pricing or delivery details, please contact

    About NetLogic Microsystems
    NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NETL), a fabless semiconductor
company headquartered in Mountain View, California, designs, develops and
markets high-performance knowledge-based processors and high-speed integrated
circuits that accelerate the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia
content for advanced enterprise, datacenter, communications and mobile
wireless networks.  NetLogic Microsystems' products include high-performance
knowledge-based processors, application-aware content processors, 10-Gigabit
Ethernet interconnects and network search engines that are being deployed by
Tier 1 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in leading systems such as
routers, switches, wireless infrastructure equipment, network security
appliances, datacenter servers, network access equipment and network storage
devices.  NetLogic Microsystems' knowledge-based processors and content
processors employ an advanced processor architecture and a large knowledge or
signature database containing information on the network, as well as
applications and content that run on the network, to make complex decisions
about individual packets of information traveling through the network.
NetLogic Microsystems' products significantly enhance the performance and
functionality of next-generation networks that are designed to deliver
high-definition video delivery over the Internet (IPTV), media-rich content
over advanced mobile wireless services, voice transmission over the Internet
(VoIP) and network security applications.  For more information about products
offered by NetLogic Microsystems, call +1-650-961-6676 or visit the NetLogic
Microsystems Web site at

    About TSMC
    TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing
the industry's leading process technology and the foundry's largest portfolio
of process-driven libraries, IP, design tools and reference flows.  The
Company's total managed capacity in 2008 exceeded 9 million 8-inch equivalent
wafers, including capacity from two advanced 12-inch - GigFabs(TM), four
eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC's wholly-owned
subsidiaries.  WaferTech and TSMC (China), and its joint venture fab, SSMC. 
TSMC is the first foundry to provide 40nm production capabilities.  Its
corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan.  For more information about
TSMC, please visit

    NetLogic Microsystems and the NetLogic Microsystems logo are trademarks
of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.  All other trademarks are properties of their
respective owners.


For further information:

For further information: NetLogic Microsystems Contact, Kelvin Khoo,
+1-650-230-5816,; or TSMC Contact, Wendy Matthews,
+1-408-382-8030,, or Michael Kramer, +886-3-5636688, ext.
7126216,, both of TSMC Web Site:       

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