Top Foundry TSMC Honored with Altera's Supplier of the Year Award

5/1/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced it has recognized Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC) as its most valued manufacturing partner, awarding TSMC the company's 2002 foundry Supplier of the Year Award plus two Altera® Supplier Excellence Awards for 2002. The awards are based on 80 attributes focused in five key areas: technology, quality, price, service, and partnership.

"TSMC's achievements last year, with its exemplary execution on delivering 0.13-micron products, have been unmatched by any other foundry in the industry," said Denis Berlan, Altera's chief operating officer. "The value of our tight partnership has significantly increased as we successfully faced the challenge of moving to a new process geometry. Both Altera and our customers have benefited greatly from TSMC's reliability and commitment to excellence." Berlan personally presented the awards to TSMC's chief operating officer Rick Tsai in Taiwan earlier this month.

"We were much honored to receive not one, but three awards from Altera," said Rick Tsai. "The year 2002 was challenging for the industry, but the successes Altera and TSMC achieved together demonstrate that successful partnerships can bring the right combination of innovative product design and leading-edge manufacturing expertise in even the toughest markets."

TSMC was recognized for its role in the near flawless introduction and rollout of 10 new Altera 0.13-micron, copper-based devices and the record-setting yields achieved in producing these new leading-edge products. TSMC's WaferTech fab was recognized for its highly successful transfer of Altera's 0.18-micron products, as well as industry-leading yields, low defect densities, and a perfect record of on-time deliveries. TSMC, as a whole, was also recognized for its manufacturing excellence, which prevented any interruption in the flow of Altera's new 0.13-micron devices to customers.

"In 2002, we rolled out a record number of products for the company, all at the 0.13-micron process node, including devices in our highly successful StratixTM, CycloneTM, and Stratix GX product families," said Thomas Murchie, vice president of operations at Altera. "TSMC's technical leadership and outstanding support were key in making this success possible. We look forward to continuing this highly successful partnership into the future."

About TSMC
TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology and the foundry industry's largest portfolio of process-proven library, IP, design tools and reference flows. The company operates one advanced 300-mm wafer fab, six eight-inch fabs and one six-inch wafer fab. TSMC also has substantial capacity commitments at two joint venture fabs (Vanguard and SSMC) and at its wholly owned subsidiary, WaferTech. In early 2001, TSMC became the first IC manufacturer to announce a 90-nanometer technology alignment program with its customers. TSMC's corporate headquarters are in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC, go to

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

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