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Cypress's SVTC Enables American Semiconductor to Develop Advanced SOI CMOS Process

Last Updated: April 13, 2005

Cypress's SVTC Enables American Semiconductor to Develop Advanced SOI CMOS Process

Process Delivers Independent Double-Gate Performance and Submicron Manufacturing Capability

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13, 2005 - Silicon Valley Technology Center (SVTC), a division of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), and American Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI), today announced that ASI will be using SVTC's R&D manufacturing services to commercialize its FlexfetÔ advanced Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) CMOS wafer fabrication process for manufacturing. ASI, a fabless semiconductor company that develops and commercializes process technology, is avoiding significant capital investment by using SVTC's 65-nm capable, 200- and 300-mm R&D wafer fab, to develop and qualify its process technology.

"By perfecting our technology at SVTC, ASI is able to resolve fundamental limitations of CMOS for next-generation scaling of advanced microelectronics," said Doug Hackler, founder and president of ASI. "We are also able to cost-effectively move our business forward and more aggressively pursue and support our customer base."

Flexfet is a new process that supports a variety of technologies, such as novel dielectrics, metal gate materials, 3D and MEMS integration, all beyond the scope of standard CMOS capabilities. The process provides a significant advancement in dynamic threshold control that reduces the scaling barriers associated with power. It is also RF-capable, inherently resistant to radiation and allows low power operations well below one volt.

"As R&D costs continue to rise, companies with emerging technology development needs, capital equipment manufacturers and materials suppliers are challenged to cost-effectively migrate their products and processes from prototype to manufacturability," said Bert Bruggeman, SVTC's managing director.  "Our work with ASI is an example of how to overcome those challenges and allows ASI to realize a significant R&D cost savings while rapidly commercializing its advanced process technology."

SVTC's 200-mm wafer fab will support ASI's immediate demand for the Flexfet offering and prototype production is booked for Summer 2005. Production volumes are forecast to be manufactured at Cypress's Bloomington, Minn.-based Fab IV facility. SVTC is also supporting ASI's requirements to scale the initial 0.18 micron offering to 0.13-micron, 90-nm and beyond.

Cypress's SVTC enables third-party engineering groups to take products from proof-of-concept to manufacturing through a state-of-the-art toolset in a 16,000 square-foot clean room in Silicon Valley. Customers are also able to tap more than 20 years of process development expertise. SVTC offers best practices in fab process engineering, statistical process control, quality management, failure analysis, and design for manufacturing methodologies as part of its development toolbox.

About American Semiconductor, Inc.
American Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops and commercializes process technology. ASI provides pure-play low-cost foundry services but avoids high capital investment through the contracted use of Cypress SVTC's sub-100nm capable wafer fab facility producing Flexfet™ SOI CMOS and custom technologies under the direction of ASI Engineering. Flexfet™ is the industry's first low cost advanced Independent Double Gate (IDG), Silicon On Insulator (SOI), CMOS fabrication process. Flexfet™ provides performance solutions for advanced scaling, that resolve cost and power (leakage) for next generation CMOS. Flexfet™ features industry leading capability for Dynamic Threshold adjustment and reconfigurability. To learn more about ASI and Flexfet™ go to

About Cypress
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power." Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY. More information about the company is available online at

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