Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI;
SEHK: 0981.HK), one of the leading foundries in the world, and U.S.-based
Aurora Systems, Inc., an international leader in liquid-crystal-on-silicon
(LCOS) technologies for the high definition television (HDTV) industry,
announced that Aurora’s digital LCOS panel chips have successfully entered
into volume commercial production at SMIC.
The digital LCOS panel chip is designed by Aurora Systems in both 1080P
(1920×1080) and 720P (1280×720) resolutions, and enables high performance, as
well as, low defect LCOS panel and systems optics, thereby offering premier
quality for rear-projection TV (RPTV) in high-definition format. Several
leading consumer electronics manufacturers have already employed these LCOS
panel chips in the production of high-resolution, large-screen RPTVs.
“Aurora’s collaboration with SMIC started in early 2005, and we are
delighted to see our mutual hard work come into fruition in such a short time,
further re-affirming Aurora’s commitment in engaging SMIC as our long-term
strategic foundry partner”, said Poking Li, Acting CEO of Aurora Systems.
“Aurora looks forward to continue to work with SMIC in providing our valued
customers with better and more advanced LCOS chips at affordable prices, to
meet the ever-evolving demands of HDTV technologies in today’s market.”
“We are proud to combine SMIC’s manufacturing capabilities with Aurora’s
industry-leading designs to bring this LCOS backplane product to the market.
SMIC intends to expand its alliances with HDTV industry leaders, such as
Aurora, to further deliver high quality products that continue to push the
performance level. We aim to be the foundry of choice for LCOS backplane
wafers to global IDM and fabless customers”, said James Sung, Vice President
of Marketing and Sales at SMIC.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI
and SEHK: 0.981.HK), headquartered in Shanghai, China, is an international
company and one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, providing
integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line
technologies to customers worldwide. Established in 2000, SMIC has four 8-
inch wafer fabrication facilities in volume production in Shanghai and
Tianjin. In the first quarter of 2005, SMIC commenced commercial production
at its 12-inch wafer fabrication facility in Beijing, the first 12-inch fab in
China. SMIC also maintains customer service and marketing offices in the U.S.,
Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. SMIC’s pool of
talents includes over 2,500 semiconductor industry experts and technical
staff. SMIC has achieved ISO9001, ISO/TS16949, OHSAS18001, TL9000, BS7799 and
About Aurora Systems
From the heart of Northern California’s Silicon Valley, Aurora began in
1997 by a team of the industry’s top engineering and business professionals,
who set their sights on providing the industry with affordable, high quality,
state-of -the-art display technologies. Aurora Systems, as a leader in
pushing the technology envelope, has successfully introduced a series of high-
resolution LCOS products into the market place over the last nine years.