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SMIC begins production of 45-nm silicon

Posted: 10 Dec 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:45-nm  manufacturing process  CMOS 

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has produced its first 45-nm yield lot, signifying a working 45-nm manufacturing process.

This has been achieved less than one year after SMIC signed an agreement with IBM to license its low-power and high-performance bulk CMOS technologies in December 2007. The first full-flow wafer lot consisted of 300-mm wafers that were run under test conditions set forth by IBM. "Lead customers are pleased with the progress made by SMIC's 45-nm project team and we appreciate the excellent technical support from IBM's Systems and Technology Group," said Robert Tsu, SMIC's 45-nm project leader, in a statement.

"This achievement has marked the first major milestone of the project and paves a way to provide an IBM-licensed technology and SMIC wafer foundry service to our customers." SMIC said it already has agreements in place to supply lead customers with 45-nm ICs and plans to meet these customers' production schedules for 2009.

The 45-nm bulk CMOS technology licensed from IBM is suitable for ICs for use in mobile devices, such as handsets integrated with 3G base band, GPS, and multimedia processors. The technology also can support graphics, network, storage, and general consumer devices, SMIC said.

Chris Chi, senior vice president of marketing and sales, said the 45-nm process run substantiates SMIC's strategic decision to concentrate on logic technologies, and positions SMIC to offer 45m foundry solutions to both design and systems houses.

-Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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