IBM, Chartered, Samsung Host Common Platform Technology Forum

IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHRT) (SGX:CHARTERED) and Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. announced more details about the first-ever Common Platform Technology Forum, a day-long event offering insights and discussion into the technical and business strategies behind their ground-breaking Common Platform technology initiative. The event, titled “Accelerating the Future: Optimizing Silicon Through Collaboration,” will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Highlighting the day will be keynote addresses from Michel Meyer, chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor, and Behrooz Abdi, senior vice president and general manager of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies.

In addition to the keynote addresses, a special executive-level roundtable discussion featuring top executives from the three Common Platform technology alliance members and joint-development partners Infineon Technologies, Freescale and STMicroelectronics will discuss their insights into the “Business of Collaboration.”

The Common Platform Technology Forum will also include in-depth technical sessions on key aspects of the current Common Platform technology offerings at 90, 65 and 45 nanometer, as well as advanced design methodologies, design for manufacturing (DFM), cores and libraries, packaging, interconnect and computational lithography.

The Common Platform Technology Forum features a Solution Provider Pavilion, showcasing 35 enablement solution providers from leading EDA, IP, library, mask, back-end and design services companies.

“Collaboration has emerged as the winning business model for meeting the challenges of advanced technology innovation, development and implementation required to stay competitive in today’s technology-driven applications, and the Common Platform Technology Forum will be showcasing arguably the most successful joint-development model in the industry today,” said Kevin Meyer, vice president of industry marketing and platform alliances at Chartered. “This year’s event, held in lieu of Chartered’s highly successful annual Technology Forum in the U.S., really kicks it up a notch, pulling together a list of impressive executives and technologists to discuss key topics.”

Pre-registration for this event will close on Tuesday, October 30, at 5:00 pm PST.

About the Common Platform
IBM, Chartered and Samsung Electronics have broken new ground in the semiconductor industry with a unique collaboration focused on leading-edge, jointly developed digital CMOS process technologies and advanced manufacturing. The Common Platform model is further supported by a comprehensive ecosystem of design enablement and implementation partners from the EDA, IP and design services industries. This ecosystem allows foundry customers to source their chip designs to multiple 300mm foundries with minimal design work, unprecedented flexibility and choice. The Common Platform model features 90nm, 65nm, 45nm and 32nm technologies.

About IBM
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About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHRT) (SGX-ST:CHARTERED), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, offers leading-edge technologies down to 65 nanometer (nm), enabling today’s system-on-chip designs. The company further serves the needs of customers through its collaborative, joint development approach on a technology roadmap that extends to 32nm. Chartered’s strategy is based on open and comprehensive design enablement solutions, manufacturing enhancement methodologies, and a commitment to flexible sourcing. In Singapore, the company operates a 300mm fabrication facility and four 200mm facilities.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in over 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.