Epson Provides Silvaco's Process Design Kit for High-Voltage CMOS Process for 8-inch Wafers

Yokohama, Japan - August 28, 2012

Silvaco Japan Co., Ltd. (Silvaco) has announced that Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) has started to provide Silvaco's Process Design Kit (PDK) for high-voltage CMOS process for 8-inch wafers. Epson had previously been using the high-voltage CMOS process 0.35um WRJ for 6-inch wafers. In the new adoption of 8-inch wafers, Epson has decided to continue to use the Silvaco PDK and has begun to provide it to customers.

The Silvaco PDK was developed in collaboration with Epson. Five business locations were involved in this project, and the development has progressed smoothly under good partnership since 2007. The provision of the Silvaco PDK allows customers to utilize Epson's competitive 8-inch wafer process and Silvaco's sophisticated mixed-signal design flow.

"We are pleased with the continued adoption of Silvaco's PDK for the newly released 8-inch wafers, based on the long-time partnership with Epson in the high-voltage CMOS process," said Yoshiharu Furui, General Manager of Silvaco Japan. "We believe this 8-inch wafer process and Silvaco's unique token license will greatly improve the ROI for customers."

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 75,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.

About Silvaco, Inc.
Silvaco, Inc. is a leading provider of TCAD, circuit simulation, and IC CAD software tools. Silvaco’s tools are used by fabs for developing semiconductor processes, and design houses for developing analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. The company provides a complete PDK-based design flow with interfaces to third-party design platforms. Silvaco has a worldwide presence with local offices in all key industrial regions in the world.

About Silvaco Japan Co., Ltd.
Silvaco Japan was first established as a Japanese branch of Silvaco, Inc. (the U.S.) in 1989 and incorporated as a Japanese corporation in 1995. The Silvaco Japan corporate mission is to be the leading provider of TCAD and EDA software products in the Japan market. To achieve and maintain its leadership objective, Silvaco Japan is focused on building and growing a strong sales, product support and R&D work force. Silvaco Japan is headquartered in Yokohama, and maintains an additional office in Kyoto.

General Manager Furui