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      Issue 1, 2010


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X-FAB Now Supports Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer
X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry, has expanded its support to include Synopsys' Galaxy Custom Designer™ implementation solution. X-FAB now fully supports Synopsys' Galaxy™ Implementation Platform across its wide range of advanced modular CMOS process technologies for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) applications.

Custom Designer is a modern-era mixed-signal implementation solution that delivers superior ease-of-use and leverages Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform to provide a unified solution for custom and cell-based designs. X-FAB has validated comprehensive support for Synopsys' custom implementation solution, including Custom Designer, HSPICE® circuit simulation, CustomSim™ verification, Hercules™ LVS/DRC and StarRC™ extraction tools. The Custom Designer toolset, used in conjunction with X-FAB process technology, can help designers achieve higher productivity and reduce time to market with a comprehensive, verified custom implementation solution.

"We have a large, growing and diverse global customer base that depends on us to deliver competitive technology and cost-optimized solutions," said Dr. Jens Kosch, chief technical officer at X-FAB. "Many of our customers also depend on Synopsys EDA tools, including Custom Designer. Synopsys and X-FAB have worked together to provide customers with both leading-edge CMOS technology and a productive, modern AMS implementation solution."

Analog and Mixed-Signal Technology
X-FAB's analog and mixed-signal technology is ideally suited for industrial, automotive and telecommunication applications. Based on a mixed-signal CMOS process, it features core and process modules such as low Vt, low leakage, embedded non-volatile memory and high-voltage options. In addition, it offers a standard or thick top-metal layer, PIP (Polysilicon-Insulator-Polysilicon) and MIM (Metal-Insulator-Metal) capacitors, and high-resistance polysilicon. A variety of MOS and bipolar transistors also are available.

"Synopsys proactively works with leading foundries like X-FAB to deliver increased value to our mutual customers," said Bijan Kiani, vice president of Product Marketing at Synopsys. "X-FAB's adoption and support for Custom Designer as well as the entire Galaxy Implementation Platform gives our customers access to one of the industry's largest dedicated analog and mixed-signal foundries."

About X-FAB
X-FAB is the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers for analog/digital integrated circuits (mixed-signal ICs). X-FAB maintains wafer production facilities in Erfurt and Dresden (Germany), Lubbock, Texas (US) and Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia), and employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide. Wafers are manufactured based on advanced modular CMOS and BiCMOS processes with technologies ranging from 1.0 to 0.18 micrometers, for applications primarily in the automotive, communications, consumer and industrial sectors.

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