SINGAPORE Foundry provider Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. and Chinese communications equipment maker ZTE Corp. said they will collaboration to produce switching and router ICs.
Several IC products based on various technology nodes have completed process qualification, the partners said, and production is planned for the first quarter of 2004. Designed by ZTE, the chips utilize Chartered's BiCMOS and analog foundry processes.
ZTE is collaborating with "Chartered as our long-term, trusted foundry partner for the manufacturing of state-of-art ICs targeting telecommunication networking solutions," Guo Changsong, ASIC product general manager of ZTE, said in a statement released Monday (Dec. 29).
"Recognizing the needs of the semiconductor market in China, Chartered's goal is to provide complete yet localized solutions that will enable fast-growing semiconductor companies, such as ZTE, to commercialize their products both within China and globally," said Bo Cheng, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific at Chartered.