SHANGHAI -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Qualcomm Incorporated announce that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and SMIC have achieved a major milestone in fabrication of 28nm Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processors. This milestone comes six months after SMIC and Qualcomm Technologies announced their initial plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production. Snapdragon 410 is a leading-edge processor designed to enable a new class of smartphones and tablets at the high-volume tier through offering integrated LTE, high-performance graphics and imaging, 1080P HD display, 64-bit capable processing and a range of advanced modem features. This milestone represents an important step for SMIC in their 28nm process maturity as they become one of the first Chinese foundries to produce high-performance, low-power mobile processors at one of the industry's most advanced process nodes. This achievement builds on a longstanding wafer supply relationship between SMIC and Qualcomm Technologies that was recently extended in July to collaborate at the 28nm process node.
"The successful yield of 28nm process technology on high-performance, low-power Snapdragon mobile processors represents a major milestone for SMIC in increasing our competitiveness in the global foundry landscape," said Dr.Tzu-Yin Chiu, chief executive officer and executive director, SMIC. "Our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has been key in helping us to accelerate our 28nm technology development and achieve this key milestone within six months from the commencement of the collaboration. The maturity of our 28nm process represents a significant long-term growth driver for SMIC in support of Qualcomm Technologies and our customers globally."
"We're extremely pleased with the tremendous progress made by SMIC in achieving a critical milestone in 28nm process technology with the successful yield of Snapdragon 410 processors," saidMurthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "SMIC plays an important role in Qualcomm Technologies' supply chain in allowing us to expand our manufacturing footprint inChina to better address the growing need for high- performance and low-power mobile devices with customers in the region and around the world".