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Posted: July 22, 2010
SMIC and Virage Logic Extend Partnership to 40nm LL Process Technology
(Nanowerk News) Virage Logic Corporation and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, the leading foundry in China, today announced the extension of their longstanding partnership to the 40-nanometer (nm) low-leakage (LL) process technology. Building on the successful partnership that was initially established on the 130nm process technology, Virage Logic and SMIC have collaborated to provide mutual customers with highly differentiated IP on a broad range of SMIC's process technologies including 90nm and 65nm. Under the terms of the new agreement, System-on-Chip (SoC) designers will have access to Virage Logic's SiWare™ Memory compilers, SiWare™ Logic libraries, SiPro™ MIPI and Intelli™ DDR IP on SMIC's advanced 40nm LL process. In addition, one key provision of this new agreement provides SMIC access to Virage Logic's advanced STAR™ Memory System and STAR™ Yield Accelerator tools to accelerate the development, testing and yield enhancement of SMIC's 40nm LL memory related technology.
"As the premier foundry in China, our expanded partnership with Virage Logic will enable SMIC to offer the industry leading semiconductor IP on our 40nm LL process to meet the needs of not only the Chinese system-on-chip (SoC) developers but the global semiconductor market," said Chris Chi, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of SMIC. "SMIC is taking aggressive steps to strengthen our technology offering to support our customers. Currently we have a number of customers with projects leveraging SMIC's 65nm LL node. The strategic IP agreement with Virage Logic will enable us to offer these customers an easy migration path to our 40nm LL process. As SMIC's business continues to expand, we look forward to continuing our synergistic relationship with Virage Logic to meet the increasing market demand."
"We originally established our partnership with SMIC on the 130nm process technology and are pleased to expand the partnership to the 40nm LL process. With a comprehensive offering of Virage Logic's industry leading IP, customers will be able to select SMIC as their primary source for their manufacturing requirements," said Brani Buric, executive vice president of marketing and sales for Virage Logic. "This joint agreement is a continuation of Virage Logic's strategy to expand its business through industry leading foundries and highlights SMIC's commitment to provide a complete IP solution for its customers."
About Virage Logic
Virage Logic is a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company's highly differentiated product portfolio includes processor solutions, interface IP solutions, analog solutions, SoC infrastructure IP solutions, embedded SRAMs and NVMs, embedded test and yield optimization solutions, logic libraries, and memory development software. As the semiconductor industry's trusted IP partner, more than 400 foundry, IDM and fabless customers rely on Virage Logic to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume. For further information, visit http://www.viragelogic.com.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE:SMI; SEHK:981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35um to 45/40nm. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) 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. For more information, please visit http://www.smics.com.