Agreement Includes Full Suite of Artisan Libraries for 1st Silicon's
SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- May 22, 2002 -- Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq:
ARTI), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) and
1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia's largest wafer foundry, today
announced an agreement for Artisan to deliver its library products in 1st
Silicon's 0.18-micron CMOS process. Under the terms of the agreement, Artisan
has committed to develop a suite of libraries to include memory generators
for single- and dual-port SRAM, two-port register file and diffusion programmable
ROM. Artisan's SAGE-X™ Standard Cell Library and I/O cell library will
also be developed. Early access of the standard cell library is expected
to be available for selective 1st Silicon customers in Q3 2002.
Artisan's suite of library products will be optimized for 1st Silicon's
0.18- micron design rules and characterized using the latest electrical
models of 1st Silicon's major foundry compatible process. The products
will include support for Artisan's extensive set of views and models of
the industry's leading EDA tools.
"Aligning the design and manufacturing of semiconductor production is
critical to ease customer tapeout to production," said S.Y.Tan-Stahel,
vice president of marketing at 1st Silicon. "By establishing a relationship
with Artisan, we are working with a supplier familiar to our customers.
We look forward to continued success in supporting customers with quality
"1st Silicon started foundry service support with Artisan in 2001 for
their 0.25-micron process technology and now our relationship continues
with 0.18-micron," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing at Artisan
Components. "We are pleased 1st Silicon selected Artisan libraries and
look forward to working with them to support our mutual customers' design-to-silicon
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including,
without limitation, the availability of Artisan's library for 1st Silicon's
0.18-micron CMOS process in the third quarter of 2002. These statements
are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited
to, whether there will be technical or other difficulties that delay or
prevent the availability of the 0.18-micron products listed above; and
market acceptance of the 0.18-micron products listed above. We refer you
also to the documents that Artisan files from time to time with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, in particular the section entitled "Factors Affecting
Future Operating Results" in Artisan's annual report on Form 10-K and its
quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q.
About 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
1st Silicon is a dedicated semiconductor foundry founded in 1998 by
the Malaysian State of Sarawak. 1st Silicon's 200mm wafer fab has a capacity
in excess of 30,000 wafers per month when fully ramped. The Company is
in volume production with 0.25-micron digital and mixed-signal CMOS technologies
and is now providing 0.18um process prototypes. 1st Silicon's customers
include integrated device manufacturers and fabless semiconductor companies
from the U.S., Japan, and Asia. The Company has its headquarters in Kuching,
Sarawak, Malaysia, and a U.S. registered subsidiary corporation located
in San Jose, California. More information is available on the Company's
website at www.1stsilicon.com.
About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading semiconductor intellectual property
(IP) provider. The company's design platforms are in use by design teams
at over 900 companies worldwide. Artisan's design platforms provide IC
designers with a common interface to a range of process technologies from
the world's leading foundries. Built on Artisan's Process-Perfect(TM) memory
generators, standard cell and I/O libraries, Artisan's design platforms
include a comprehensive set of views and models supporting leading design
tools and methodologies. Artisan's worldwide network of EDA, IP and design
service partners extend the Artisan standard to a complete set of system
level design and integration solutions. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library
access can be found at: http://www.artisan.com.
Artisan Components is a registered trademark and Artisan, Process-Perfect
and SAGE-X are trademarks of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks
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