MOUNTAIN VIEW, California and HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C., July 15 --

- NetLogic Microsystems Successfully Migrates Multiple Product Lines to
TSMC’s Advanced 40nm Technology Node to offer customers significantly
higher performance, lower power consumption and advanced features that enable
next-generation networking, communications, data center, security and storage

NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. [Nasdaq: NETL], a leader in the design and
development of knowledge-based processors and high-speed integrated circuits,
and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company [TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM] (TSMC)
today announced their collaboration on the industry-leading 40nm-G semiconductor
process technology for NetLogic Microsystems’ next-generation advanced
knowledge-based processors and 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer (PHY)
solutions. NetLogic Microsystems is one of first companies to tape-out and
sample multiple silicon products in TSMC’s advanced 40nm technology node.

NetLogic Microsystems is currently sampling its NLP2040 and NLP3040 PHY
devices, the industry’s first single-die quad-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet
(10GbE) PHY devices, both of which are manufactured in the advanced 40nm process
to deliver the highest performance and lowest power consumption for
next-generation switches, routers and blade servers addressing the data center,
enterprise networking, storage and service provider markets. In addition,
NetLogic Microsystems is sampling the leading-edge NLP10000, the
industry’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY solution, which is also
manufactured in the advanced 40nm process and offers customers unprecedented
scalability for data-center, metro and long haul applications that require a 10X
increase in performance while maximizing energy efficiency.

NetLogic Microsystems will also be taping out its next-generation
knowledge-based processor, the NL11000 device, in TSMC’s 40nm process. The
NL11000 knowledge-based processor will offer significantly higher performance,
lower power and cost advantages as a result of the close collaboration with
TSMC. NetLogic Microsystems has developed a suite of custom circuits optimized
around TSMC’s 40nm node, including high-speed serial interface technology,
analog and clocking circuitry, core processing elements and other standard
cells, as well as refining the design and tape-out flow for this node.

This collaboration extends upon the long-standing relationship between TSMC and
NetLogic Microsystems on the use of advanced cost-effective half-node
technologies, including 55nm, 80nm and 110nm. The companies expect to broaden
the relationship to include the high-performance Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded
Processor product line from RMI Corporation, with which NetLogic Microsystems
has entered into a definitive agreement to merge. RMI recently announced the
industry’s most advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processor, the
XLP(TM), processor, which is also being designed on TSMC’s 40nm-G
technology, providing synergies between the NetLogic Microsystems and RMI in
custom IP and cell development on this node, as well as verification and
tape-out cross-experience. RMI’s use of the TSMC 40nm node will provide
them with significant power, performance and cost advantages over competitive
designs which use the 65nm node. The merger with RMI is expected to close by the
end of the third quarter of 2009.

The worldwide growth in broadband services and rich media content has resulted
in significant bandwidth demands on carrier optical transport networks (OTN), as
well as access aggregation networks for PON, DSL, cable, 3G/4G mobile wireless
and WiMAX. In addition, major data center network managers are moving to
increase network throughputs to 40/100GE in order to support the exponential
demand for video, peer-to-peer and virtualization services. The 40nm process
node helps NetLogic Microsystems further enhance its technology leadership, and
provide its customers the ability to drive enhanced value and increased
functionality at every performance level. Compared with 65nm technology, 40nm
technology offers 50% smaller die size, 30% lower power and 30% higher

We are pleased to continue our close collaboration with TSMC on its most
advanced process nodes, said Ron Jankov, president and CEO at NetLogic
Microsystems. The long-standing relationship with TSMC as our reliable foundry
partner and the migration of our products to the latest 40nm-G process
technology demonstrate our continued commitment to developing and delivering
best-in-class products to our customers worldwide.

We are delighted to once again be working with NetLogic Microsystems as one of
the lead customers for our advanced 40nm technology node, said Rick Cassidy,
president of TSMC North America. This is a significant achievement for NetLogic
Microsystems to so quickly migrate their highly complex, high logic density and
very high performance products to our 40nm-G process. The performance, cost and
power benefits of our advanced 40nm technology will provide significant benefits
to the innovative technologies in NetLogic Microsystems’ industry-leading
knowledge-based processors, 10/40/100G PHY solutions and RMI’s advanced
multi-core, multi-threaded processors, enabling Tier One OEMs to develop
next-generation systems that power tomorrow’s Internet networks.

NetLogic Microsystems is now sampling its NL11000 product in 40nm and has
starting shipments of its quad-port 10 GE PHY and 100 GE PHY in 40nm. For
pricing or delivery details, please contact

About NetLogic Microsystems

NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL), a fabless semiconductor company
headquartered in Mountain View, California, designs, develops and markets
high-performance knowledge-based processors and high-speed integrated circuits
that accelerate the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia content for
advanced enterprise, datacenter, communications and mobile wireless networks.
NetLogic Microsystems’ products include high-performance knowledge-based
processors, application-aware content processors, 10-Gigabit Ethernet
interconnects and network search engines that are being deployed by Tier 1
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in leading systems such as routers,
switches, wireless infrastructure equipment, network security appliances,
datacenter servers, network access equipment and network storage devices.
NetLogic Microsystems’ knowledge-based processors and content processors
employ an advanced processor architecture and a large knowledge or signature
database containing information on the network, as well as applications and
content that run on the network, to make complex decisions about individual
packets of information traveling through the network. NetLogic
Microsystems’ products significantly enhance the performance and
functionality of next-generation networks that are designed to deliver
high-definition video delivery over the Internet (IPTV), media-rich content over
advanced mobile wireless services, voice transmission over the Internet (VoIP)
and network security applications. For more information about products offered
by NetLogic Microsystems, call +1-650-961-6676 or visit the NetLogic
Microsystems Web site at

About TSMC

TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing
the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry’s largest
portfolio of process-driven libraries, IP, design tools and reference flows. The
Company’s total managed capacity in 2008 exceeded 9 million 8-inch
equivalent wafers, including capacity from two advanced 12-inch - GigFabs(TM),
four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC’s wholly-owned
subsidiaries. WaferTech and TSMC (China), and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC
is the first foundry to provide 40nm production capabilities. Its corporate
headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC, please

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NetLogic Microsystems Contact, Kelvin Khoo, +1-650-230-5816,; or TSMC Contact, Wendy Matthews, +1-408-382-8030,, or Michael Kramer, +886-3-5636688, ext. 7126216,, both of TSMC