TowerJazz Releases Rule Decks for Advanced ESD and Power Domain Checking Using Mentor’s Calibre PERC

  TowerJazz Releases Rule Decks for Advanced ESD and Power Domain Checking
  Using Mentor’s Calibre PERC

Business Wire

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel & WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- March 4, 2013

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, has announced the Mentor®’s
Calibre® PERC™ rule decks are now available for TowerJazz customers to perform
circuit reliability verification for its latest 0.18 micron products,
including highly customized electrostatic discharge (ESD) and power management
circuit checks. Many of these checks have been automated for the first time by
taking advantage of the Calibre PERC product’s unique ability to combine
schematic (netlist) and physical layout information.

The Calibre PERC checks include: ESD CDM verification confirming that the
transistor gate is not connected directly to a PAD, ESD protection on the IO
PAD, and power management propagation rules to avoid HV signals connected to a
low voltage device or domain. For each of the above, TowerJazz implemented a
topological check as well as a specific layout DRC. During 2013, the design
kit will be further enhanced to include comprehensive rule checks to support
mutual customers with the most advanced deck. The 0.13 technology release will
be available upon customer demand.

“TowerJazz is using Calibre PERC technology to help our customers achieve
their reliability objectives by providing rule decks that perform advanced
checks during signoff,” said Ori Galzur, Vice President of the TowerJazz VLSI
Design Center. “Our advanced design kits implement special ESD rules, charge
device modeling (CDM), and power management propagation checks related to our
specific technology. By eliminating many potential reliability issues at the
design stage, the TowerJazz solution helps shorten time to market and drive
long-term product success for our customers.”

“Customers are demanding higher reliability in all types of electronic
products using complex ICs, from automobiles to mobile phones,” said Carey
Robertson, Director of Product Marketing for Calibre Circuit Verification at
Mentor Graphics®. “The Calibre PERC platform provides circuit reliability
checking technology that goes beyond the scope of traditional DRC and ERC
tools, so designers and foundries can implement highly complex checks that are
customized to specific design styles and foundry manufacturing processes.”

Information on TowerJazz design kits for power and reliability checking using
Calibre PERC is available on the TowerJazz website ( as well
as the Mentor website ( and also from TowerJazz sales

About TowerJazz

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM)(TASE: TSEM), its fully owned U.S.
subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor Ltd., and its fully owned Japanese subsidiary
TowerJazz Japan, Ltd., operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz,
the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures integrated
circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron, offering a broad
range of customizable process technologies including: SiGe, BiCMOS,
Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and
Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as CMOS and MEMS capabilities. TowerJazz
also offers a world-class design enablement platform that complements its
sophisticated technology and enables a quick and accurate design cycle. In
addition, TowerJazz provides (TOPS) Technology Optimization Process Services
to IDMs as well as fabless companies that need to expand capacity, or progress
from an R&D line to a production line. To provide multi-fab sourcing,
TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the U.S.,
and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through
manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit

Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or
implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and
uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements
included in this press release or which may otherwise affect TowerJazz’s
business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower’s most recent
filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz’s
most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC,
respectively. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim
any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and
software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and
award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic,
semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported
revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million. Corporate
headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon
97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics and Calibre are registered trademarks, and PERC is a
trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names
are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)


TowerJazz Company Contact:
Lauri Julian, +1 949-715-3049
TowerJazz Investor Relations Contact:
Noit Levi, +972-4-604-7066
Mentor Company Contact:
Sonia Harrison, +1 503-685-1165
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