World-leading Semiconductor Foundry Manufacturing Digital LCOS Panel Chips Designed by Global HDTV Technology Leader
SHANGHAI, China, and SAN JOSE, Calif. --, May 8, 2006 -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), one of the leading foundries in the world, and U.S.-based Aurora Systems, Inc., an international leader in liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) technologies for the high definition television (HDTV) industry, announced that Aurora's digital LCOS panel chips have successfully entered into volume commercial production at SMIC.
The digital LCOS panel chip is designed by Aurora Systems in both 1080P (1920x1080) and 720P (1280x720) resolutions, and enables high performance, as well as, low defect LCOS panel and systems optics, thereby offering premier quality for rear-projection TV (RPTV) in high-definition format. Several leading consumer electronics manufacturers have already employed these LCOS panel chips in the production of high-resolution, large-screen RPTVs.
"Aurora's collaboration with SMIC started in early 2005, and we are delighted to see our mutual hard work come into fruition in such a short time, further re-affirming Aurora's commitment in engaging SMIC as our long-term strategic foundry partner", said Poking Li, Acting CEO of Aurora Systems. "Aurora looks forward to continue to work with SMIC in providing our valued customers with better and more advanced LCOS chips at affordable prices, to meet the ever-evolving demands of HDTV technologies in today's market."
"We are proud to combine SMIC's manufacturing capabilities with Aurora's industry-leading designs to bring this LCOS backplane product to the market. SMIC intends to expand its alliances with HDTV industry leaders, such as Aurora, to further deliver high quality products that continue to push the performance level. We aim to be the foundry of choice for LCOS backplane wafers to global IDM and fabless customers", said James Sung, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at SMIC.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0.981.HK), headquartered in Shanghai, China, is an international company and one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line technologies to customers worldwide. Established in 2000, SMIC has four 8- inch wafer fabrication facilities in volume production in Shanghai and Tianjin. In the first quarter of 2005, SMIC commenced commercial production at its 12-inch wafer fabrication facility in Beijing, the first 12-inch fab in China. SMIC also maintains customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. SMIC's pool of talents includes over 2,500 semiconductor industry experts and technical staff. SMIC has achieved ISO9001, ISO/TS16949, OHSAS18001, TL9000, BS7799 and ISO14001 certifications. For additional information, please visit http://www.smics.com .
About Aurora Systems
From the heart of Northern California's Silicon Valley, Aurora began in 1997 by a team of the industry's top engineering and business professionals, who set their sights on providing the industry with affordable, high quality, state-of -the-art display technologies. Aurora Systems, as a leader in pushing the technology envelope, has successfully introduced a series of high- resolution LCOS products into the market place over the last nine years. For more information about Aurora, visit the company's website at http://www.aurora-sys.com .