Alchip Technologies, a leading fabless ASIC/SoC provider, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) (NYSE: TSM) today announced that Alchip has joined TSMC's Design Center Alliance (DCA) Program.
'Alchip has been working closely with TSMC to serve our mutual customers since the inception of our company,' said Kinying Kwan, Chairman, President and CEO of Alchip Technologies. 'Alchip's expertise in SoC design and product engineering, coupled with TSMC's manufacturing excellence at advanced technologies, enables our mutual customers to achieve faster time-to-market in today's highly competitive markets. Acceptance into this program is recognition of an Alchip/TSMC win-win partnership. It also validates our continuous efforts in creating and providing cutting-edge SoC solutions to the market and reconfirms our strong commitment to bring highest quality to our customers.'
Alchip has taped-out multi-million-gate designs to TSMC at 0.13-micron technologies. The company's proven SoC design methodology and expertise result in a more predictable product development schedule and enable customers to launch the product ahead of competition.
'TSMC continues to expand the service and upgrade the service quality of our Design Center Alliance,' said Edward Wan, senior director of design services marketing for TSMC. 'Alchip Technologies has successfully demonstrated its ability to deliver quality results on TSMC's advanced technologies.'
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 library, IP, design tools and reference flows. The company operates one advanced 300mm wafer fab, five eight-inch fabs and one six-inch wafer fab. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitments at two joint ventures fabs (VIS and SSMC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, WaferTech. In early 2001, TSMC became the first IC manufacturer to announce a 90-nm technology alignment program with its customers. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC see www.tsmc.com.