X-FAB to Support Silvaco Analog/Mixed-Signal Flow in Master Kits

Erfurt, Germany, October 9, 2003.

X-FAB, a leading independent mixed-signal foundry, and Silvaco, a leadingvendor of electronic design automation (EDA) software, announced today anagreement to provide mutual customers with analog/mixed-signal process designkits that result in higher design productivity. These kits will support Silvaco circuitsimulation and IC CAD tools on X-FAB’s XC06 processes.

"X-FAB will offer its customers complete Silvaco EDA support for ourcomprehensive X-FAB master kits," said Dr. Jens Kosch, CTO of the X-FABGroup. "These analog/mixed-signal design kits support the complete Silvacoanalog/mixed-signal development environment from Scholar™ SchematicCapture, Expert™ Layout, Guardian™ DRC/LVS/ERC to verified SmartSpice™Circuit Simulator models."

"X-FAB is well respected as a foundry with advanced technologies in analog andmixed-signal with a wide variety of modular options, such as high voltage,MEMS, and non-volatile memory," said Kenneth Brock, vice president ofmarketing for Silvaco. "In supporting Silvaco analog/mixed-signal design kits, X-FAB demonstrates its broad support of customers’ choice in industry-leading analog design tools."

X-FAB as a pure-play foundry supplier specializes in the manufacturing of analogand mixed-signal integrated circuits. The company attaches great importance toprovide their customers with comprehensive service and first-class support fromthe early product development phase through to production.

Silvaco analog design kits enable designers to exploit the capabilities of X-FAB’sadvanced semiconductor processes in the early design stages. Accurate andreliable SPICE parameters and models are the first and most critical step toachieve an optimum with regard to performance, design time, and costs.Ultimately, this results in an increase of design productivity and a reduction oftime to market.
SmartSpice™ models and Scholar™ schematic symbols for the X-FAB XC06process as well as complete analog design kits are available from X-FAB.

About X-FAB
X-FAB, with headquarters in Erfurt, Germany, is a European, independent mixedsignal foundry. The company has three manufacturing sites - X-FAB UK(Plymouth, UK) and sister company X-FAB Texas Inc. (Lubbock, Texas) - with acombined capacity of more than 8,000 eight-inch equivalent wafer starts perweek. X-FAB has approximately 900 employees worldwide.

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