International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK)
today announced its first 45-nanometer yield lot, signifying a working 45nm
process. This first silicon success comes less than one year after SMIC signed
an agreement with International Business Machines ("IBM") to license
its low- power and high-performance bulk CMOS technologies in December 2007.
Over the past 11 months, SMIC has put manufacturing equipment in place, built
an expert team to work with IBM to ensure effective technology transfer, and
begun running technology qualification vehicles. The first full-flow lot consisted
of 300mm wafers that were run under testing conditions set forth by IBM, and
achieved strong yields. "Lead customers are pleased with the progress made
by SMIC's 45nm project team and we appreciate the excellent technical support
from IBM's Systems and Technology Group," said Dr. Robert Tsu, SMIC's 45nm
project leader and Associate Vice President of Logic Technology. "This
achievement has marked the first major milestone of the project and paves a
way to provide an IBM-licensed technology and SMIC wafer foundry service to
This milestone, completed ahead of schedule, enhances SMIC's position as the
advanced logic technology leader in China. SMIC has agreements in place with
its lead customers for 45nm, and plans to meet these customers' production schedules
for 2009. Complementing SMIC's ongoing in-house research and development progress,
this 45nm technology is supported with a proven SPICE model, allowing for smooth
design-ins and enabling customers to plan for early time-to-market.
The 45nm bulk CMOS technology licensed from IBM has many applications, including
mobile devices, such as handsets integrated with 3G baseband, GPS, and multimedia
processors. The technology also can support graphic, network, storage, and general
"The completion of our first 45nm yield lot is an exciting and encouraging
result," said Chris Chi, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
"It verifies the IBM-licensed technology, substantiates our strategic decision
to concentrate on logic technologies, and positions SMIC to offer leading edge,
time-to-market 45nm foundry solutions to both design and systems houses. And
in making this step ahead of schedule, it also proves SMIC's ability to develop
technology under rigorous time constraints."