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19 Nov 2009
TowerJazz and Tanner EDA Announce Process Design Kit Collaboration
NEWPORT BEACH and MONROVIA, Calif., November 19, 2009 - TowerJazz and Tanner EDA today announced a joint initiative to develop Process Design Kits (PDKs) for analog/mixed-signal (A/MS) designers using Tanner EDA's HiPer Silicon™ software. This collaboration gives Tanner EDA customers access to TowerJazz's innovative 0.18- and 0.35-micron power management process platform and TowerJazz customers access to Tanner EDA's A/MS tools for a complete IC design solution.

"Tanner EDA offers a perfect blend of price-performance, flexibility and interoperability that addresses the needs of our analog/mixed-signal IC design customers," stated Ori Galzur, VP, VLSI Design Center for Tower Semiconductor. "By working with EDA vendors such as Tanner EDA, we can provide our mutual customers with an advanced power management platform and customized design capabilities to achieve more predictable designs. This collaboration will enable customers to decrease design cycle time and achieve a time-to-market advantage for their high performance and differentiated power management solutions."

"From my power management design experience, the key to first pass success and quicker design cycles is a consistent design environment. Combining TowerJazz's advanced power management platform with Tanner EDA's specialized IC design tools will provide this to the industry," said Marijana Vukicevic, Senior Analyst, Power Management at iSuppli.

About TowerJazz Power Management Platform
TowerJazz offers a differentiated and industry leading Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power management platform with 0.5- to 0.18-micron CMOS density and a combination of bipolar NPN and PNP devices, as well as high voltage CMOS and DMOS FETs for use in complex power management chips including driver ICs, battery and portable power management, power control for PC products, Class-D audio amplifiers, and many other consumer, communications and computing applications. The Company's continuously customizable LDMOS from 20V to 80V process provides design optimization and the lowest die size at any given breakdown voltage. The integration of a one to zero layer addition Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) provides significant differentiation and cost effectiveness for enhanced power management solutions.

About Tanner EDA Power Management Design Software
Tanner EDA's HiPer Silicon allows designers to plan and administer power management schemes in the context of their complete design. HiPer Silicon includes features and functionality that address an A/MS designer's power management requirements, such as

Consistent, cohesive user interface across the entire design flow
Robust design environment provides flexibility without sacrificing performance
Low learning curve and licensing options help speed concept to silicon

Tanner EDA also provides PDKs in other markets such as image sensors, life sciences and MEMS which often overlap with power management applications.

"Our collaboration with TowerJazz is another example of enabling innovation by bringing leading-edge foundry capability to our customers," commented Tanner EDA President, Greg Lebsack. "We are excited to continue to expand our relationship with TowerJazz to benefit our mutual customers. Our specialized IC design software combined with TowerJazz's power platform will quickly and effectively meet our analog/mixed signal customers' needs for high quality power management ICs."

Availability of Power Management PDKs
Tanner EDA and TowerJazz PDKs for power management devices will be available in Q1 2010. For more information on PDK availability and access, please contact Tamir Ofer, Director of CAD, Design Environment & Support at TowerJazz (tamir.ofer@towerjazz.com) or Robin White, International Sales Manager at Tanner EDA (robin.white@tannereda.com).