ARM and SMIC broaden IP partnership with 28nm process for mobile and consumer applications

11/02/2014

Collaboration between ARM and SMIC, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, provides access to innovative IP for high-performance SoC designs.

ARM and SMIC have announced an agreement to offer the ARM® Artisan® physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly SiON (PS) process to provide high-performance, high-density and low-power technologies for SoC designs.

Under the agreement, ARM will provide a comprehensive physical IP platform for advanced process technology that supports a wide range of consumer applications targeting the fast-growing smartphone, tablet, wireless and digital home markets.

"SMIC is pleased to offer access to the popular ARM Artisan standard cells and next-generation memory compilers," said Dr. Tianshen Tang, senior vice president of SMIC's Design Service Center. "Strengthening our collaboration with ARM enables optimized implementation of cost- and power-sensitive SoCs for our customers."

"ARM Artisan standard cells and memory compilers deliver the features, quality and rigorous silicon validation that customers demand to achieve fast time-to-market," said Dipesh Patel, executive vice president and general manager, Physical Design Group, ARM. "Extending our collaboration with SMIC on the 28nm PS process demonstrates ARM's commitment to provide the best SoC implementations at leading foundries."

ARM Physical IP Platform
The ARM Artisan physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly SiON (PS) process provides the building blocks to implement a wide range of performance and area optimized, low-power SoCs designs. ARM's silicon-proven IP platform offers a comprehensive set of memory compilers, standard cells and logic, and general-purpose interface products that meet the most demanding performance and power requirements for mobile communications and computing.

ARM's standard cell libraries and memory compilers incorporate multi-channel and mixed Vt features to enable a wide performance and power spectrum taking advantage of the performance and power range of SMIC's leading-edge poly SiON process. These features ensure that power budgets for performance-critical SoC designs can be met.

About SMIC
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 40-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai, a 300mm mega-fab in Beijing, a 200mm fab in Tianjin, and a 200mm fab project under development in Shenzhen. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.smics.com.


About ARM
ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.
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