World’s first 0.11-micron graphics processor, ATI’s Radeon X300, in volume production
Company extends track record of industry firsts with TSMC
Tuesday June 01, 2004
MARKHAM, ON – ATI Technologies Inc.
(TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) announced today that its next generation
of graphics processors, including the world’s first chips
developed using the revolutionary 0.11-micron production process,
are in volume production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Company (TSMC). The Radeon X800 and Radeon X600 use TSMC’s
low-k 0.13-micron process, and the Radeon X300 is the first 0.11-micron
part available from any chip supplier. All the chips will be
available in PCs before the end of June.
ATI’s long-standing relationship with TSMC yielded the
world’s first high-volume and high-yield low-k 0.13-micron
graphics chip in 2003.
“We have a history of making smooth transitions to new
production processes, from 0.15 to 0.13 micron, and now to 0.11
micron, and we have led the industry at every inflection point,” said
Rick Bergman, General Manager, Desktop Business Unit and Senior
Vice President, Marketing, ATI Technologies. “Moving to
TSMC’s 0.11-micron process allows ATI to offer excellent
performance at the right price points for the market.”
“ATI and TSMC have collaborated to achieve a number of
milestones, including the first high volume production of low-k
0.13-micron graphics parts,” said Kenneth Kin, senior vice
president of sales and marketing for TSMC. “Now, our two
companies are extending this industrial leading collaboration
to the 0.11-micron node. It’s the kind of collaboration
that reinforces our confidence in the strength and competitiveness
of the semiconductor industry.”
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About TSMC’s 0.11-micron Process
TSMC’s 0.11-micron process technology is fundamentally
a direct shrink of its industry-leading 0.13-micron process.
The process will be available in both high performance and general-purpose
versions. Though actual results are design-dependent, TSMC’s
0.11-micron high performance process also includes transistor
enhancements that improve speed and reduce power consumption
relative to its 0.13-micron technology. It also delivers devices
that are 15 to 20 percent smaller in size. When produced in TSMC
300mm Fabs, this combination results in a significant cost savings
on a per-die basis.
TSMC began 0.11-micron high performance technology development
in 2002 and qualified the process in December of 2003. Design
rules, design guidelines, SPICE models, standard cells and memory
compilers have been developed.
About ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon
solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world’s
foremost visual processor unit (GPU) provider and is dedicated
to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range
of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top
and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With
2003 revenues in excess of US $1.3 billion, ATI has more than
2,500 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common
on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
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