Kilopass and SMIC Announces Embedded OTP Partnership

Kilopass Technology Inc., the leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK), one of the world's leading foundries, today announced their embedded OTP partnership. Kilopass is the first embedded OTP NVM partner in SMIC's 65nm and 45nm processes. The 65nm OTP testchip tapes out at the end of 2009 followed by 45nm in mid-2010.

Kilopass and SMIC have been collaborating since 2005 with the development of 180nm, 130nm, and 90nm OTP. Their customers have seen much success in applications including trimming, boot code, and security key storage for multimedia processors, MCUs, and RFID ICs.

"We are excited to be chosen as SMIC's lead embedded OTP NVM partner for 65nm and 45nm processes," said Kilopass President and CEO, Charlie Cheng. "China is an important market place for Kilopass customers, and we view SMIC as the leader in providing cost-effective technology solutions as our customers' volume ramps up."

Kilopass's patented XPM(TM) technology is built using standard CMOS logic, without any changes to the masks, manufacturing steps, or equipment used. The resulting OTP NVM is also highly secure and highly reliable. As a result, the XPM is low cost to develop compared to alternative technologies, and low cost to manufacturer for customers and foundries.

"We are pleased to add Kilopass's XPM(TM) OTP technology to our 65nm and 45nm IP portfolio," said Max Liu, V.P of SMIC Design Services Center, "Both of our target markets, consumer products with digital rights management (DRM) & security ID, as well as precision analog/mixed products needing calibration, make Kilopass the ideal partner."

Kilopass XPM(TM) OTP is now available at SMIC in 180nm, 130nm, and 90nm processes. For more details, please contact [email protected]

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