Altera and TSMC Collaborate on 55 nm EmbFlash Process Altera Plans Next-Generation, Non-Volatile Programmable Devices Targeting High-Volume Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. and HSINCHU, Taiwan, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) and TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced a technology collaboration using TSMC's 55 nm leading-edge Embedded Flash (EmbFlash) process technology. Programmable devices based on TSMC's 55 nm EmbFlash target a wide range of low-power, high-volume applications in a variety of markets, including automotive and industrial. 

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Compared to prior generation embedded flash, TSMC's 55 nm EmbFlash delivers faster computing, increases gate density 10 times and shrinks flash and SRAM cell sizes by 70 percent and 80 percent respectively. Programmable devices from Altera based on TSMC's 55 nm EmbFlash will permit developers of high-volume applications to build feature-rich, non-volatile systems.

"Our relationship with TSMC is built on a shared commitment to delivering the latest technologies and capabilities to customers," said Reda Razouk, vice president of process technology development at Altera. "Adding 55 nm EmbFlash to our product portfolio extends Altera's tailored strategy in which Altera optimizes its device families based on process technology, architecture and application-specific IP to meet system requirements."

"TSMC's continued investment in technologies such as 55 nm EmbFlash broadens opportunities for customers like Altera," said Jason Chen, TSMC senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. "By aligning our business and technology goals, Altera can make its customers' products more competitive."

About Altera

Altera® programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs and ASICs at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter, and by subscribing to product update emails and newsletters.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology and the foundry segment's largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company's managed capacity in 2012 totaled 15.1 million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFAB™ facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC's wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China, and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 28nm production capabilities. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit http://www.tsmc.com.

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