Silterra Selects Avant! as Provider of Intellectual Property Cell Libraries
SUNNYVALE, Calif.----Feb. 14, 2000--Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a full-service semiconductor manufacturing provider, announced today it has selected Avant! Corporation (Nasdaq:AVNT), the leading provider of solutions for very deep submicron (VDSM) designs, to provide Libra-Visa Libraries for Silterra's 0.25 micron and 0.18 micron process technologies.
In a multi-million dollar deal between the two companies, Silterra will receive the distribution rights to these libraries. Silterra will offer the use of these silicon-proven libraries to their customers and design partners.
The Avant! cell libraries are designed in conjunction with the development of Silterra process introductions and optimized with Avant!'s SinglePass tool suites. As a result, customers are expected to see a substantial reduction in time-to-market and ensure first time accuracy of silicon.
``Silicon-proven libraries, coupled with Avant!'s stellar reputation, give designers and fabless companies assurance that we are offering very high performance solutions, using some of the most advanced processes available,'' stated Victor Kwong, vice president of marketing at Silterra. ``Avant!'s libraries and Silterra's technology offerings will give our customers world-class manufacturing processes that will greatly reduce time-to-market pressures.''
The cell libraries for 0.25 micron and 0.18 micron are available to Silterra customers immediately through bridge capacity with LSI Logic. Silterra's full-service, state-of-the-art facility is expected to produce its first, eight-inch wafers in 4Q 2000, ramping up to 30,000 eight-inch wafers per month by 2002.
``This alliance underscores Silterra's commitment to be at the forefront of our industry by providing the most comprehensive, customer-driven solutions,'' stated Steve Della Rocchetta, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Silterra. ``Through this agreement, we are once again demonstrating our strategy of partnering with industry leaders to add premier services to our solutions, ensuring that our customers receive the advanced technology they want and need.''
``Silterra has impressed us with its innovation and commitment to its customers. We are pleased that our products were selected after careful evaluation,'' said Gerald C. Hsu, chairman, president and CEO of Avant! Corporation. ``Our foundry customers have a vital need for superior solutions to increase manufacturing yield and lower production costs. Our objective is to provide the best-in-class libraries and tools for our customers and to help relieve time-to-market pressures.''
The Avant! relationship is one of many relationships Silterra plans to announce to ensure their customers of complete IC manufacturing solutions. Subsequent announcements will follow to demonstrate Silterra customers will have the technology, services and cell libraries to be competitive in their dedicated markets.
About Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.:
Founded in December of 1997, Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a full-service semiconductor manufacturing provider that offers customers leading-edge process technologies. Silterra's factory will be operational in Q4 2000, ramping to 30,000 eight-inch wafers per month by 2002. Silterra will have immediate access to LSI Logic's capacity on the licensed technologies to qualify and develop customers. Silterra is headquartered in Kulim, Malaysia, with a sales and marketing office in Sunnyvale, Calif. For further information on Silterra or its services, visit www.silterra.com.
About Avant! Corporation:
Avant! Corporation develops, markets and supports integrated circuit design automation (ICDA) software for the design of deep submicron ICs including microprocessors, microcontrollers, application-specific standard products (ASSPs) and complex application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). Avant!'s product offering and chip design methodologies cover design authoring, process characterization, circuit simulation and analysis, HDL simulation, formal verification, floor planning, physical design and VDSM optimization, interconnect parasitic extraction, timing simulation, physical verification, IC/package co-design and a full suite of technology computer-aided software for process simulation, device modeling and mask synthesis. Avant! also provides physical foundation IP libraries for integrated circuit design. Avant!'s tools support hierarchical design methodologies as well as incremental design changes in all phases, and they offer the capacity needed for multi-million-transistor devices. The company is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with sales offices worldwide. Telephone: 510/413-8000. Fax: 510/413-8080. World Wide Web: www.avanticorp.com.
Note to Editors: Avant and Libra-Visa are trademarks of Avant! Corporation. Silterra is a registered trademark of Silterra. All other company and product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners and should be treated as such.
Contact: Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Steve Della Rocchetta, 408/530-0885
Stacey Gaswirth/Katie Olivier, 972/774-9850
Chi-Ping Hsu, 510/413-8000