Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), one of the leading foundries in the world (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 0981.HK), and ARM (LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMHY) today jointly announced that SMIC has adopted the ARM(R) Metro(TM) low-power/high density and Advantage(TM) high-performance products, part of its family of Artisan(R) physical IP, for SMIC’s 90-nanometer(nm) LL (low leakage) and G (mainstream) processes. The agreement furthers the companies’ collaboration and commitment to enable leading-edge design and manufacturing solutions via the ARM website at no charge.
“Continuing our collaboration with ARM furthers our commitment to providing a comprehensive manufacturing roadmap that includes ARM high-quality, silicon-proven physical IP for customers,” said Paul Ouyang, vice president of Design Services, SMIC. “Together with ARM, we can offer our customers using our 90nm processes, access to ARM Metro and Advantage products, which can shorten design time, minimize risk and accelerate time-to-market for our customers.”
ARM Metro low-power/high density IP is optimized for portable electronic devices and Advantage IP provides high-speed and low-power performance to meet a wide range of applications in the consumer, communications and networking markets. Both Metro and Advantage product portfolios include ARM standard cell libraries and multiple memory compilers. The Metro standard cells include power management kits that enable dynamic and leakage power saving techniques such as clock gating, multi-voltage islands and power gating. The Metro memory compilers offer similar advanced power saving features.
The Metro and Advantage IP include ARM’s extensive set of views and models providing integration with many of the industry’s leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools. These views provide functional, timing and power information for the Metro and Advantage products over a wide range of operating conditions, thus allowing designers to implement complex power management systems that actively control dynamic and leakage power within their SoC.
“SMIC’s advanced technology roadmap continues to provide customers with implementation solutions they are looking for today’s SoC designs,” said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. “With the adoption of both ARM Metro and Advantage products, SMIC’s customers have a choice of optimized physical IP for their consumer, communications and networking applications.”
ARM Metro and Advantage IP design views are expected to be available during the fourth quarter of 2006 for licensed customers to download via the ARM website at no charge. Preliminary ‘Front End’ design views, enabling customers to begin design and simulation work, are expected to be available at the end of the second quarter of 2006.
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) manufacturing service at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line technologies. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC operates three 8-inch fabs in Shanghai and one in Tianjin, and one 12-inch fab in Beijing, the only one of its kind in Mainland China. SMIC has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Italy, and Japan as well as a representative office in Hong Kong.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.
ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Metro and Advantage are trademarks of ARM Limited. Artisan and Artisan Components are registered trademarks of ARM Physical IP, Inc.”ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.