Artisan Components' Industry Standard Design Platform to Support Silterra's Advanced 0.18-Micron Process

Joint Agreement Provides Customers with Artisan's Product Solutions Optimized for Silterra's CMOS18 Process

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2002-- Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq: ARTI - News), a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) and Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a premier semiconductor-manufacturing foundry, today announced an agreement that provides Artisan's industry standard design platform for Silterra's advanced 0.18-micron CMOS process. Under the terms of the agreement, Artisan has committed to deliver a comprehensive offering of memory generators for single- and dual-port SRAM, one- and two-port register files and diffusion programmable ROM. Artisan's SAGE-X(TM) Standard Cell Library and I/O cell library will also be developed. Early access of the standard cell library is expected to be available for Silterra's customers in third quarter of 2002.

Artisan's suite of products will be optimized for Silterra's 0.18-micron CMOS18 design rules and characterized using the latest electrical models of Silterra's xSM compatible process. The products will include support for Artisan's extensive set of views and models of the industry's leading EDA tools.

Over 900 companies worldwide use Artisan's design platforms. Combined with Silterra's advanced manufacturing technologies, the Artisan-Silterra relationship can provide IC designers with design-to-silicon solutions that meet today's complex IC design and volume production requirements.

"We chose Artisan for their large market share in the end-user market," said Steve Della Rocchetta, executive vice president, sales and marketing for Silterra. "Artisan's products set the industry standard and it is important for Silterra to partner with the leader to offer customers the best in leading-edge technology."

"Silterra's extensive customer focus and success in delivering advanced process technologies matches Artisan's commitment to providing the best possible path-to-silicon for IC designers," said Neal Carney, vice president of marketing at Artisan Components. "We are pleased Silterra has selected our design platforms and we welcome Silterra as our latest foundry partner."

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the availability of Artisan's SAGE-X Standard Cell Library for Silterra's 0.18-micron CMOS process in the third quarter of 2002. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, whether there will be technical or other difficulties that delay or prevent the availability of the 0.18-micron standard cell library; and market acceptance of the 0.18-micron library products for Silterra. We refer you also to the documents that Artisan files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular the section entitled "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results" in Artisan's annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q.

About Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a full-service semiconductor manufacturing provider that offers customers leading-edge process technologies. With volume production having begun in 1Q 2001, Silterra will reach its ramp capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month in 2003. Silterra was founded in 1997 with headquarters and factory located in Kulim, Malaysia. The company's sales and marketing office is located in Sunnyvale, Calif. For further information on Silterra or its services, visit

About Artisan Components

Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) provider. The company's design platforms are in use by design teams at over 900 companies worldwide. Artisan's design platforms provide IC designers with a common interface to a range of process technologies from the world's leading foundries. Built on Artisan's Process-Perfect(TM) memory generators, standard cell and I/O libraries, Artisan's design platforms include a comprehensive set of views and models supporting leading design tools and methodologies. Artisan's worldwide network of EDA, IP and design service partners extend the Artisan standard to a complete set of system level design and integration solutions. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access can be found at:

Artisan Components is a registered trademark and Artisan and SAGE-X are trademarks of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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