SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Don't look now, but Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) could be gaining on its rivals.
As its 65-nm low-power technology development cycle comes to a close, SMIC (Shanghai) has completed its first 45-nm, high- performance ''yield lot.''
The generic 45-nm (GP) process follows SMIC's ''silicon success'' on its 45-nm low power (LP) technology, which was announced last year. SMIC signed an agreement with IBM Corp. to license its 45-nm CMOS technologies in December of 2007. The technology transfer was completed in March of 2009.
SMIC's 45-nm GP technology is supported by a design-in Spice model and in-house design IP capability that enables customers to begin prototype product design and plan for early time-to-market.
SMIC has agreements in place to supply lead customers with 45-nm ICs and plans to meet these customers' production schedules for 2009. It's unclear if the company can meet those deadlines, however.
This week, SMIC also raised its forecast.