PolarFab and Silvaco partner in Analog Design Kit Support

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Bloomington MN and Santa Clara CA - February 5, 2003 - PolarFab, a U.S.-based pure-play semiconductor foundry and Silvaco, a leading vendor of electronic design automation (EDA) software, announced today an agreement to provide mutual customers with analog process design kits that result in higher design productivity. These kits are developed for leading PolarFab processes, supporting Silvaco circuit simulation and IC CAD tools.

"We are confident in Silvaco as a focussed leader in analog EDA solutions," said Dennis Gaetano, vice president of marketing for PolarFab. "Offering Silvaco analog design kits as a developmental tool for our analog and mixed-signal processes is in keeping with both our companies' dedication to a customer-comes-first philosophy."

"PolarFab is well known for its bipolar and BICMOS processes for power management applications, solid design kits and excellent customer support", said Kenneth Brock, vice president of marketing for Silvaco. "In certifying Silvaco analog design kits, PolarFab demonstrates its broad support of customers’ choice in industry-leading analog design tools."

PolarFab offers a broad range of high performance bipolar and BiCMOS processes and wafer manufacturing technologies for analog and mixed-signal products. Geometries range from 1.25-micron to 4-micron for bipolar processes and from 0.35-micron to 1.5-micron for BiCMOS processes.

Silvaco analog design kits enable designers to exploit the capabilities of PolarFab’s advanced semiconductor processes in the early design stages. Accurate and reliable SPICE parameters and models are the first and most critical step to achieving first-time correct silicon, shorter design times, optimum semiconductor performance, lower development costs, reduced risks and ultimately faster time to market. Schematic symbols, rule files and layout technology files enable immediate designer productivity when using a new silicon process.

Currently, SmartSpice™ models and Scholar™ schematic symbols for the PolarFab bipolar BP30 process are available from PolarFab. Complete analog design kits will be available in Q2 2003 through PolarFab after completing verification and quality assurance procedures.

About PolarFab
PolarFab, based in Minnesota, is the only U.S.-owned, pure-play foundry in the country. The company offers a broad range of bipolar and BiCMOS wafer manufacturing processes, along with testing and failure analysis services for analog/mixed-signal communications and smart power ICs. Its fabrication facility has been in operation for more than 30 years, and with a recent expansion is now running both six-inch and eight-inch lines. PolarFab offers a proven outstanding customer service record, along with the leading technologies required to meet or exceed its customers' time-to-volume needs. For more information call 1-800-882-3472 or visit the company online at www.polarfab.com.

About Silvaco International
Silvaco International, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a leading vendor of electronic design automation software (EDA) for the development of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Founded in 1984, the company delivers technology computer aided design (TCAD) simulation software, Spice parameter extraction, circuit simulation, and physical IC design/verification software products. The company integrates these proven products with experienced support and engineering services to provide complete semiconductor process, device and design automation solutions in CMOS, Bipolar, SiGe and compound technologies. Worldwide customers include leading foundries, fabless semiconductor companies, integrated semiconductor manufacturers, universities and designers of integrated circuits who require the utmost accuracy in their analog designs. For more information, call (408) 567-1000 or visit Silvaco online at www.silvaco.com.

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