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austriamicrosystems to Manufacture Triad Semi’s SoC

July 30, 2009

Triad selects austriamicrosystems advanced analog specialty 0.35 µm CMOS embedded EEPROM process for its Via-Configurable Arrays (VCA) containing an advanced 32-bit processor.

UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria & WINSTON SALEM, NC --(BUSINESS WIRE)--austriamicrosystems (SIX:AMS) business unit Full Service Foundry announced at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) that Triad Semiconductor has selected austriamicrosystems for the production of its Via-Configurable Array (VCA) technology.

The VCA technology has been developed using austriamicrosystems advanced analog specialty 0.35 µm CMOS embedded EEPROM process technology and is manufactured in austriamicrosystems state-of-the-art 8 inch SMIF fab. Triad is extending its already successful line of VCAs fabricated at austriamicrosystems with the introduction of the Mocha product line. Mocha is a complete system-on-chip (SoC) solution combining a high performance, low power 32-bit processor with Triad's via configurable analog, digital, and memory resources. Unique to Triad's patented VCA approach is the ability to configure and interconnect this rich set of resources using only a single via mask layer. This approach enables the re-use of silicon-proven IP, reduces engineering and tooling costs, and improves development time.

"The austriamicrosystems C35 specialty process contains the superior analog/mixed-signal features that our applications demand" states James Kemerling, CTO and Co-Founder of Triad Semiconductor. "Highest manufacturing quality standards and the C35 process' mixed signal capabilities combined with the ability to embed EEPROM and high voltage options makes this an ideal process to support our new Mocha-family of configurable SoCs."

"Triad's via-configurable array technology enables ASIC customers to rapidly develop prototypes of their products." states Thomas Riener, General Manager Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems. "It helps shorten the development phase and supports fast product ramp-ups which ultimately results in a reduced time-to-profits. Once requiring high volume production, customers can either further optimize the VCA or easily change to pure ASIC manufacturing."

Information about the austriamicrosystems specialty 0.35 µm embedded EEPROM technology is available at the austriamicrosystems Web site.

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixed-signal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe-BiCMOS and embedded EEPROM processes. With superior support during the design phase, high-end tools and experienced engineers, austriamicrosystems succeeds to be an attractive analog foundry partner especially for fabless design houses.

austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 27 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and infotainment in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS).

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