Agreement Enables Customers to Access ARM Physical IP on SMIC 90nm Processes via ARM Website at no Charge
SHANGHAI, China and CAMBRIDGE, England -- May 30, 2006 -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), one of the leading foundries in the world, and ARM today jointly announced that SMIC has adopted the ARM(R) Metro(tm) low-power/high density and Advantage(tm) high- performance products, part of its family of Artisan(R) physical IP, for SMIC's 90-nanometer(nm) LL (low leakage) and G (mainstream) processes. The agreement furthers the companies' collaboration and commitment to enable leading-edge design and manufacturing solutions via the ARM website at no charge.
"Continuing our collaboration with ARM furthers our commitment to providing a comprehensive manufacturing roadmap that includes ARM high-quality, silicon-proven physical IP for customers," said Paul Ouyang, vice president of Design Services, SMIC. "Together with ARM, we can offer our customers using our 90nm processes, access to ARM Metro and Advantage products, which can shorten design time, minimize risk and accelerate time-to-market for our customers."
ARM Metro low-power/high density IP is optimized for portable electronic devices and Advantage IP provides high-speed and low-power performance to meet a wide range of applications in the consumer, communications and networking markets. Both Metro and Advantage product portfolios include ARM standard cell libraries and multiple memory compilers. The Metro standard cells include power management kits that enable dynamic and leakage power saving techniques such as clock gating, multi-voltage islands and power gating. The Metro memory compilers offer similar advanced power saving features.
The Metro and Advantage IP include ARM's extensive set of views and models providing integration with many of the industry's leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools. These views provide functional, timing and power information for the Metro and Advantage products over a wide range of operating conditions, thus allowing designers to implement complex power management systems that actively control dynamic and leakage power within their SoC.
"SMIC's advanced technology roadmap continues to provide customers with implementation solutions they are looking for today's SoC designs," said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. "With the adoption of both ARM Metro and Advantage products, SMIC's customers have a choice of optimized physical IP for their consumer, communications and networking applications."
ARM Metro and Advantage IP design views are expected to be available during the fourth quarter of 2006 for licensed customers to download via the ARM website at no charge. Preliminary 'Front End' design views, enabling customers to begin design and simulation work, are expected to be available at the end of the second quarter of 2006.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI, HKSE: 0981.HK) is 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. 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.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.