WASHINGTON -- ARM Ltd. Wednesday announced that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has become the first foundry in mainland China to join the ARM Foundry Program.
Shanghai-based SMIC has licensed the ARM7TDMI microprocessor core, which the foundry will make available to fabless semiconductor companies and design houses. ARM7TDMI core-based design kits targeted to the SMIC process are available now. Silicon-verified cores will be available from SMIC this quarter.
ARM said the two companies had collaborated to develop an ARM7TDMI core-based test chip that was successfully validated in silicon on the SMIC production process.
SMIC becomes the eighth chipmaker to join the ARM Foundry Partners program.