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Artisan Components' Libraries Tapped By Centillium Communications For High-Speed Voice over Packet And Digital Subscriber Line Processors

05 March 2002

SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- March 5, 2002 -- Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) and Centillium Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTLM) innovator of broadband communications technology, today announced that Artisan's industry-standard library products were used in Centillium's Entropia™ and CopperFlite™ families of products. Centillium's design challenge was to develop high-density products utilizing TSMC's 0.18-micron low-voltage process. Artisan fulfilled Centillium's requirements by providing its TSMC process-optimized memory generators and SAGE-X Standard Cell Library. With Artisan's libraries integrated into Centillium's Entropia and CopperFlite products, Centillium can provide innovative products optimized for speed and density to its customers. "Artisan's business model effectively offered a low barrier to entry for our new products," said Roy Batruni, vice president of engineering, Access Business Unit, Centillium Communications. "With Artisan's alignment with TSMC and its free access of libraries for licensed customers, Centillium was able to concentrate on reaching key benchmarks without the worry of up-front costs."

Artisan provided Centillium with early access to its new technologies, allowing Centillium ample time to design its next generation ADSL and VoP products. Additionally, Artisan's excellent customer service combined with early access to its products allowed Centillium an early time-to-market.

"Centillium's market-leading Entropia VoP family of products enable manufacturers to transmit voice over data networks and the company's CopperFlite technologies allow use of pre-existing copper telephone lines to transmit and receive data of up to 100 times faster than today's fastest analog modems," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing at Artisan Components. "Artisan's quality memory and standard cell library products are well suited to meet customers' requirements for speed, density and high-manufacturing yield."

About Centillium Communications
Centillium Communications, Inc. is combining technical innovation and customer commitment to make broadband communications a market reality. Centillium consistently delivers value to its customers by providing broadband networking systems for applications across all market segments. The company designs and markets communications chipset solutions for central office equipment, digital loop carrier (DLC) line cards, and customer premises equipment for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Voice over Packet (VoP) and Premises Networking. The Centillium Communications headquarters are located at 47211 Lakeview Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Additional information is available at www.centillium.com.

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI) is a world leader in intellectual property (IP) components, providing high-quality solutions for many of the world's leading semiconductor foundries, integrated device manufacturers, ASIC vendors and IC design teams. Artisan's Process-Perfect™ memory generators, standard cell and I/O libraries are optimized to achieve the full-speed, density and low-power potential of each semiconductor process. Each product is verified using the industry's most comprehensive QA and validation procedures and delivered ready to use with a complete set of views and models supporting leading design tools. Artisan's headquarters are located at 141 Caspian Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1013.

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