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Forza Silicon and IBM to Collaborate on CMOS Image Sensor Solutions


Forza Silicon and IBM are collaborating to develop CMOS image sensor chips using IBM’s CMOS Image Sensor Foundry (CIMG) process and technology, and characterize IBM’s image sensor IP.

Pasadena, CA, December 12, 2006 --(PR.com)-- Forza Silicon and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have announced today that they are collaborating  to develop CMOS image sensor chips using IBM’s CMOS Image Sensor Foundry (CIMG) process and technology, and characterize IBM’s image sensor IP.  IBM’s CIMG foundry, based in Essex Junction, VT, targets consumer products and emerging applications by combining IBM's 180-nm and 130-nm copper process technology with 4T image sensor IP. Forza contributes innovative technology comprising mixed signal IC design services and products to the Ready for IBM Technology Foundry program.

"We are excited about combining mixed signal design expertise of Forza with IBM's foundry capabilities and market reach in this IBM-Forza relationship," said Hus Tigli, Chairman and CEO of Forza Silicon.  "The IBM team has worked hard to develop and deliver CMOS Image Sensor Technology," said Ruth Mendelson, IBM Director of specialty foundry operations. “Collaboration with Forza, and their proven history as CIS experts, is critical to deliver innovative IP.”

The Ready for IBM Technology program is designed to highlight a diverse portfolio of solutions and strengthen relationships with IBM Business Partners that offer solutions compatible with one or more of IBM ASICs, foundry services, and PowerPC products.  Ready for IBM Technology solutions are designed to help OEM customers speed time to market, reduce development risk, lower development costs, and improve return on investment. The Ready for IBM Technology mark identifies solutions that have been tested and validated for compatibility with IBM semiconductor solutions products by the solution developers and assures that these solutions are compatible with IBM semiconductor solutions products.  OEM customers have the flexibility to choose the solution that best meets their needs.

About IBM
For more information about IBM Microelectronics Foundry technologies and services, please visit http://www-03.ibm.com/chips/asics/foundry/.

About Forza Silicon
Forza Silicon is a fabless semiconductor provider of mixed signal IC design services and products.  Forza specializes in the design of advanced CMOS image sensors, from ultra-high resolution imagers for medical, broadcasting, scientific and military applications to low-cost sensors for digital cameras, cellular camera phones and other consumer devices.  Forza also excels in high speed optoelectronics comprising high speed data paths for fiber-optic, microwave and RF applications.  In addition, Forza offers a wide range of mixed signal VLSI design services from custom IP block designs and SOC integration to chip characterization and design verification. More information can be found at www.forzasilicon.com.

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Mel Stinebaugh
Forza Silicon Corporation
Tel.: 1-626-796-1182
Fax: 1-626-796-5882
info@forzasilicon.com
http://www.forzasilicon.com/
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Forza Silicon Corporation
Mel Stinebaugh
1-626-796-1182
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www.forzasilicon.com

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