Shanghai, China – November 15, 2010 – Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981), China’s leading foundry, today announced an agreement to invest in Brite Semiconductor, a Shanghai-based IC design and turnkey service company. The agreement allows Brite to provide customers with complete semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions based upon SMIC’s leading foundry and IP technology. Value-added services include application-specific architecture and RTL design, leading-edge physical design, and full productization services including testing and packaging services through a well-established network. This collaboration provides a complete solution, which integrates IC design and manufacturing processes allowing customers to focus more on product and market development.
“As a leading ASIC company, our backend engineers have maintained a 100% silicon success record across various technologies and with challenging designs such as a 100M gate wireless networking chip announced earlier this year,” said Charlie Zhi, President & CEO of Brite Semiconductor. “In addition, we recently collaborated with SMIC on 40nm design flow development including tapeout of a 40nm ASIC. A closer partnership with SMIC allows us to provide our customers with the complete services, advanced technologies, and low costs needed to fuel their growth.”
“Open-Silicon founded Brite Semiconductor to provide custom silicon customers another way to access leading edge technology and engineering expertise. Watching the company grow through strong partnerships, like the one with SMIC, has shown that offering a network of integrated services and silicon solutions best meets those customers’ needs,” said Naveed Sherwani, CEO and president, Open-Silicon. “Continuing as a Brite board member as it further establishes itself in the marketplace will also prove beneficial to Open-Silicon.”
"Not all of our customers were able to use SMIC technology due to the accelerated migration to advanced nodes with challenges of availability and integration of IP in the design process," said Chris Chi, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of SMIC. "Brite will play a critical role to enable our customers to use SMIC's technology and IP warehouses."
About Brite Semiconductor
Brite Semiconductor is a fabless ASIC turnkey service company delivering the most cost-effective, predictable and reliable custom ASIC solution to electronics product customers worldwide. Founded by Open-Silicon, a leading ASIC design value chain provider in North America, Brite Semiconductor uses proven design flow and methodology with advance design capability and provides end-to-end custom ASIC solution based on a proven business model that provides a seamless, low-cost, low risk alternative to traditional models for complex ASIC design and development. For more information, please visit www.britesemi.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 0.35-micron to 45/40-nanometer. 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 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. For more information, please visit www.smics.com