China's SMIC Celebrates First High Performance 45nm Yield Lot

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, one of China's largest semiconductor foundry, has announced the successful completion of its first 45-nanometer high performance yield lot.

SMIC's high-speed, high performance 45nm GP technology integrates a silicon germanium stress module into the design, allowing the device to run faster, making it ideal for a number of applications, including system-on-chip, graphics and network processors, telecommunications and wireless consumer products, and serves as a technology platform for the fast growing China market.

The 45nm GP technology bookends with SMIC's silicon success on its 45nm low power technology, which is suitable for mobile devices that put a premium on low power consumption. SMIC signed an agreement with IBM to license its low-power and high-performance bulk CMOS technologies in December 2007. The GP technology transfer was completed in March 2009.

SMIC's 45nm GP technology is supported by a proven design-in SPICE model and in-house design IP capability that enables customers to begin prototype product design and plan for early time-to-market. In June, SMIC announced the adoption of new SPICE model software for the design and verification of 45nm IP blocks, I/O circuitry, and standard cell characterization flows.

As the company's 65nm low-power technology development cycle comes to a successful close, with a recently completed IP portfolio, multiple customer product qualification, and a ramping up of production, efforts have focused on 45nm.

Shanghai-based SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility and three 200mm wafer fabs in its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a 200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, a 200mm fab under construction in Shenzhen, and an in-house assembly and testing facility in Chengdu. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 200mm wafer fab in Chengdu owned by Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and a 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation.

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