TSMC Unveils New 65-Nanometer Mixed-Signal and RF Tool Qualification Program

    Increases Electromagnetic Simulation Accuracy for High Frequency, High
    Speed Designs

    HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C., Dec. 12 /CNW/ -- Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSE: 2330, NYSE:   TSM) today unveiled a
comprehensive Electromagnetic (EM) Tool Qualification Program that drives its
Design Service Ecosystem partners to ensure greater accuracy of EM simulators
and extractors used in applications such as high-speed digital clock circuits
and high-frequency mixed-signal RF designs.
    Targeting TSMC's 90 and 65 nanometer (nm) process technologies, the
program improves device model accuracy, supports a wider selection of
qualified EM tools, significantly reduces customer EM tool evaluation efforts,
lowers the risk and eases adoption of TSMC advanced process technologies.
    Typically, high frequency circuit designers select a set of devices, such
as inductors, to be included in their design, and evaluate different EM
simulators from different tool vendors, trying to match EM simulator data to
silicon measurements provided by foundry. Most of the time, the results are
different due to the variability of the process data, and the wide variety of
different test devices. Through the EM Tool Qualification Program, TSMC
provides EM tool vendors a standardized set of devices and silicon
measurements, and a unified technology file for extraction and modeling, thus
eliminating the data inconsistency, reducing tool evaluation time and
improving design accuracy. This is especially significant in nanometer RF
designs where obtaining accurate device models at high frequency has created
the bottleneck for first pass design success.
    As part of the EM Tool Qualification Program, TSMC developed, and
silicon-verified, a set of commonly used spiral inductors and provides the
devices and the process data to EM tool vendors to verify the tool accuracy
and ability to match silicon data. Once qualified, a tool qualification report
is generated and posted on TSMC-Online, TSMC's customer portal for designers
to download and review. Multiple EDA partners participate and are being
qualified in the program including Agilent, Ansoft, Cadence, Helic, Integrand,
Lorentz, OEA, Silvaco, and Zeland.
    "Continuing to deliver on our commitment to provide more accuracy, TSMC
is the first foundry to proactively work with multiple EDA vendors to create
and qualify interoperability between the high frequency EM simulation
technologies and the foundry's advanced processes," said Tom Quan, deputy
director, Design Service Marketing at TSMC. "The program is part of our Active
Accuracy Assurance (AAA) initiative previously launched, and provides
designers the ability to select qualified EM tools to match their design
needs, improve compliance with TSMC processes, and ensure design accuracy for
first time silicon success.  The program today focuses on individual point
tools, but will expand to include EM tool interoperability within the full
mixed-signal and RF design flow."
    About TSMC Active Accuracy Assurance Initiative
    TSMC AAA initiative is a broad-based program that encompasses all
components of the design ecosystem. It provides standards of accuracy to all
TSMC partners, including EDA vendors, IP providers and library developers, and
Design Center Alliance (DCA) partners. TSMC applies the same standards to
tools, building blocks, and technologies, including TSMC Reference Flow 8.0,
design for manufacturing (DFM) tools, process design kits (PDK), design
support and backend services.
    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-proven library, IP, design tools and reference flows. The company
operates two advanced twelve-inch wafer fabs, five eight-inch fabs and one
six-inch wafer 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 and 45nm
production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
For more information about TSMC please see http://www.tsmc.com

For further information:

For further information: Chuck Byers, Brand Management, +1-408-382-7919,
 cbyers@tsmc.com, or JH Tzeng, Corporate Public Relations, +886-3-505-5028, 
jhtzeng@tsmc.com, both of TSMC Web Site: http://www.tsmc.com

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