Access to TSMC technologies through leading European partners: imec and DELTA partner to provide comprehensive ASIC solutions

Leuven, Belgium and Copenhagen, Denmark — May 19, 2010 — Imec, certified TSMC Value Chain Aggregator (VCA), and DELTA Microelectronics, a leading provider of ASIC services, have concluded a cooperation agreement to provide customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with comprehensive TSMC-based turnkey and partial turnkey ASIC services.

This agreement combines the strengths of these two recognised players in the EMEA microelectronics industry. Imec as certified TSMC Value Chain Aggregator (VCA) provides Customer-Owned Tooling (COT) services including TSMC wafer supply, access to TSMC technology and production information, library licenses, design support, GDSII submission, and preparation for production. Building on these services DELTA offers ASIC related turnkey and partial turnkey solutions including prototyping, package development, assembly, test, qualifications, characterisation, failure analysis, logistics and supply chain management.

“This partnership is unique in Europe and provides customers with the most comprehensive and reliable path to successful ASIC development and production using TSMC technologies. It combines the strengths and long track record of imec and DELTA”, commented Per Ølund, Director of DELTA Microelectronics.

“With the combined strengths of both organisations, customers in EMEA can benefit from the experienced teams at imec and DELTA with local and same time zone support for their TSMC based ASIC projects. This will reduce risk and shorten development time and component production. The flexible business models of COT, turnkey and partial turnkey, offered by the partnership will enable customers to choose what is right for their ASIC projects”, said Carl Das, Director imec ASIC services.

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About imec

Imec performs world-leading research in microelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.

Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1,750 people includes over 650 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2009, imec's revenue (P&L) was 275 million euro.

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DELTA Microelectronics provides extensive services to the electronics industry. It undertakes full ASIC development projects from specifications to supply of volume components.

DELTA Microelectronics is a division of Danish Electronics, Light Acoustics (DELTA) with headquarters in Hørsholm, Denmark. The organisation has a history of over 60 years in technology and 25 years in ASIC development and supply to a wide range of customers worldwide.

DELTA operates with a flexible business model where it offers turnkey ASIC solutions or its individual services depending on the needs of its customers. These services include feasibility studies, digital and mixed signal design, test solutions, packaging, component production, logistics and supply chain management. DELTA also provides additional services including characterisation, qualification, and failure analysis.

DELTA has full ISO9001 certification and is committed to delivery of quality services. DELTA Microelectronics is based in Denmark and the UK with service partners in Europe and Asia.

Further information on DELTA can be found at


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