High-Voltage CMOS Process Design Kit uses Tanner software.

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Addressing 0.35 µm High-Voltage CMOS technology H35, Tanner software-based process design kit v13.1 contains high-voltage device library, digital standard cell library, physical verification and parasitic extraction rule sets, as well as digital and analog periphery libraries with ESD protection. Solution enables creation of analog/high-voltage product designs and accelerates time to market, providing small businesses with entry point for IC design and verification.

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austriamicrosystems High-Voltage CMOS Process Design Kit Based on Tanner Tools Available

New Tanner based process design kit includes complete set of high-voltage devices, model files and IO libraries optimized for High-Voltage CMOS product design

Unterpremstaetten, Austria and Erlangen, Germany (May 15, 2008) - Fraunhofer IIS (Institute for Integrated Circuits) and austriamicrosystems business Unit Full Service Foundry today announced the availability of a new version of its high performance process design kit based on Tanner software for its advanced and industry proven 0.35µm High-Voltage CMOS technology. The design kit includes the latest enhancements of austriamicrosystems 0.35µm High-Voltage CMOS process technology H35.

The new process design kit version v13.1 contains the high-voltage device library, the digital standard cell library, physical verification and parasitic extraction rule sets as well as the digital and analog periphery libraries with improved ESD protection. The easy to use process design kit is distributed by Fraunhofer IIS and the Europractice IC Service and enables customers to create robust analog/high-voltage product designs and shorten time-tomarket.

"The offering of our H35 High Voltage technology on the Tanner software platform through our partner Fraunhofer IIS enables an even wider range of customers to access this excellent high voltage technology," says Thomas Riener, General Manager Full Service Foundry at austriamicrosystems. "Customers will benefit from an excellent design kit for a best in class technology running on an competitive design environment for high performance analog designs."

"This Tanner design kit complements our Europractice MPW service offering of the austriamicrosystems H35 and other technologies," informs Wayne McKinley, Manager of the Virtual ASIC Foundry at Fraunhofer IIS. "Academics and small businesses with modest budgets have an entry point with this Tanner design kit for IC design, verification and production of prototypes and small volumes."

"With thousands of customers involved in analog and mixed signal design world-wide and many of them involved in high voltage applications, the release of this process design kit offers easy and reliable access to this advanced high voltage process" comments Paul Double, Managing Director of Tanner EDA's European distributor EDA Solutions. He adds, "Coupled with the comprehensive functionality, productivity and ease of use of the Tanner IC Design tools, the use of this process design kit will serve to minimise design time and risk, thus speeding concept to silicon."

About Fraunhofer IIS
Founded in 1985, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, today with 520 staff members, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the inventor of mp3 and coinventor of the MPEG 4 AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing. The research topics are: Audio and video source coding, multimedia realtime systems, digital radio broadcasting and digital cinema systems, integrated circuits and sensor systems, design automation, wireless, wired and optical networks, localization and navigation, imaging systems and nanofocus X-ray technology, high-speed cameras, medical sensor solutions and communications technology in transport and logistics. The budget of 61 million Euros is mainly financed by projects from industry, the service sector and public authorities. Less than 20 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems' business unit Full Service Foundry has successfully positioned itself in the analog/mixedsignal foundry market offering well-established RF CMOS, High-Voltage CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe-BiCMOS 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 25 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, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS). For more information, please visit the web site at www.austriamicrosystems.com.

About Tanner EDA
Tanner EDA is a leading provider of easy-to-use, PC-based electronic design automation (EDA) software solutions for the design, layout and verification of analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits, ASICs and MEMS. Its solutions help speed designs from concept to silicon and are used by thousands of companies to develop devices costeffectively in the biomedical, consumer electronics, next-generation wireless, imaging, power management and RF market segments. Founded in 1988, Tanner EDA is a division of privately held Tanner Research, Inc. For more information, go to www.tannereda.com.

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