ARM and SMIC Extend Comprehensive Product Portfolio of Free Libraries of Physical IP to 65nm and 40nm LL Process Technology

Collaboration enables broad adoption of ARM Industry-Proven physical IP targeting cost sensitive low power/high density mobile and portable applications

Oct 11, 2010, 04:51 ET from Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

CAMBRIDGE, England and SHANGHAI, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ARM and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981) today announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of ARM leading physical IP library platform for SMIC 65nmLL and 40nm LL technology process nodes. This agreement will provide free access on the ARM DesignStart™ online IP access portal to library suites of 9-track and 12-track multi-Vt logic libraries, power management kits, ECO kits and ARM high density optimized memory compilers. The agreement extends the longstanding partnership to provide their mutual customers with highly differentiated IP on a variety of process technologies including 180 nm, 130nm, 110nm and 90nm.  

By leveraging ARM leadership in physical IP, SMIC will provide a design platform supported by a complete set of industry-proven ARM physical IP libraries. These libraries have been used in thousands of SoC designs worldwide and are tuned for the accuracy, performance, power and area requirements of low-power/high-density mobile and portable SoC products.  

"As the leading provider of physical IP, ARM is pleased to collaborate with SMIC to enable broader adoption of our technology," said Simon Segars, ARM, executive vice president and general manager, physical IP division. "With a comprehensive portfolio of ARM industry leading physical IP, our mutual customers will have free access to a complete IP solution for enabling cost-sensitive mobile and portable SoC applications featuring low-power and high-density.

"SMIC is committed to providing our customers with superior technology and support for their SoC designs," said Chris Chi, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of SMIC. "By expanding our partnership with ARM we are offering our customers an easy migration path to our 65nm and 40nm LL technology using industry leading ARM physical IP that can accelerate their time-to-volume production on our process platform."

The complete suite of physical IP will be available for free download on ARM's DesignStart™ online access portal. The 65nm LL libraries will be available October 2010 and the 40nm LL will be available in Q1 2011.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by following these links:

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About SMIC

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.

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