NVIDIA Forms Strategic Partnership with TSMC
World's Largest Dedicated Semiconductor Foundry to Help Expand NVIDIA's Manufacturing Capacity
For Immediate Release
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 23, 1998 - NVIDIA™ Corporation announced today it has formed a multi-year strategic partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (NYSE:TSM), the first pure integrated circuit (IC) foundry company in the world. Headquartered in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, TSMC will assist in the manufacturing of all future NVIDIA products starting with the latest offering, RIVA 128ZX™, announced today. Effective immediately, TSMC will provide NVIDIA with deep sub-micron process technology. This multi-year strategic partnership expands capacity beyond the agreement NVIDIA currently shares with fabrication partner SGS-THOMSON
"Our relationship with TSMC gives us the manufacturing muscle to meet the growing demand for performance 3D processors," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and CEO. "In a short period of time, NVIDIA has moved to the forefront of the industry through OEM partnerships with Dell, Gateway, Micron, NEC, STB and Diamond Multimedia. Today's announcements, of the TSMC relationship and the launch of the RIVA 128ZX, signal our ability to further strengthen our leadership in providing high-performance, affordable 3D processors to the mass market."
Since the company's founding, TSMC has been dedicated to providing manufacturing services for advanced IC's. TSMC serves more than 300 customers, ranging from IC design houses, to vertically integrated IC firms and system companies.
"NVIDIA is a strong customer and partner and we are pleased to establish this relationship" said Dr. Morris Chang, TSMC's chairman and president. "The combination of our experience in volume semiconductor manufacturing, process technology and NVIDIA's silicon design expertise will help to meet the increasing demand for NVIDIA's growing range of 3D processors."
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