SUNNYVALE and MILPITAS, Calif., February 25, 2002 - Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT and SGX-ST: CHARTERED), one of the world's top three silicon foundries, today announced an agreement to provide Artisan's 0.13-micron library products for Chartered's advanced process technology to be licensed free-of-charge to IC designers. The agreement also boosts the current product offering for Chartered's 0.18-micron process with the delivery of a new I/O library with an expanded set of cells.
"As chip design gets more complex and time-to-market windows continue to shrink, designers need increasing flexibility and earlier access to libraries to meet the challenges," said Michael Buehler-Garcia, vice president of business development and worldwide marketing at Chartered. "Chartered is committed to providing complete product solutions for leading-edge technologies. Chartered's relationship with Artisan underscores this commitment, and having started working together at 0.25-micron, we are now productizing and delivering at 0.18- and 0.13-micron."
"As a top tier silicon foundry, Chartered's commitment to providing customers access to leading-edge capacity meshes well with Artisan's strategy and we are pleased to be able to offer Artisan's industry standard library in Chartered's 0.13-micron process," said Mark Templeton, Artisan's president and chief executive officer. "In addition, the enhancements to our libraries in Chartered's 0.18-micron process offer customers an additional level of flexibility to access a proven, low-cost, time-to-market solution."
Under terms of the agreement, Artisan will develop a suite of libraries optimized for high-speed and density. The 0.13-micron products include generators for single-and dual-port SRAM, two-port register files, diffusion programmable ROM and Artisan's most advanced version of its SAGE-X Standard Cell library with expanded synthesis optimized arithmetic cell set and enhanced power management support. A complete set of I/O cells in both in-line and staggered configurations will also be developed. In addition, 0.18-micron memory generators and standard cell libraries will be updated to Chartered's latest design rules and electrical models. The new 0.18-micron release will include a new, complete set of I/O cells in both in-line and staggered configurations and will support Artisan's most current EDA package with enhanced views and models of the industry's leading design tools.
Artisan SAGE-X Standard Cell library for Chartered's 0.13-micron process will be available in first quarter 2002, followed by memory generators and I/O libraries in second quarter 2002. Artisan's enhanced memory generators and SAGE-X Standard Cell libraries for Chartered's 0.18-micron products will be available in first quarter 2002 followed by the I/O libraries in second quarter 2002. Under Artisan's Foundry Library Program, these library products can be downloaded free-of-charge from Artisan's web site at http://access.arm.com.
Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the availability of Artisan's Standard Cell library for Chartered's 0.13-micron process in the first quarter of 2002; the availability of Artisan's memory generators and I/O libraries in the second quarter of 2002; the availability of Artisan's enhanced memory generators and SAGE-X Standard Cell libraries for Chartered's 0.18-micron products in the first quarter of 2002; and the availability of Artisan's enhanced I/O libraries for Chartered's 0.18-micron products in the second 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 0.13-micron and enhanced 0.18-micron products listed above; and market acceptance of the 0.13-micron and enhanced 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.
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world's top three silicon foundries, is forging a customized approach to outsourced semiconductor manufacturing by building lasting and collaborative partnerships with its customers. The Company provides flexible and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for customers, enabling the convergence of communications, computing and consumer applications. In Singapore, Chartered operates five fabrication facilities and has a sixth fab in the process of being developed as a 300mm facility.
A Company with both global presence and perspective, Chartered is traded on both the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: CHRT) and on the Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST: CHARTERED). Chartered's 4,000 employees are based at 12 locations around the world. Information about Chartered can be found at www.charteredsemi.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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