SMIC Adopts Ansoft HFSS-Based Library for RF CMOS Design

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC; NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981), a world-leading semiconductor foundry, announced its commitment to Ansoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ANST) HFSS(TM) simulation technology for S-parameter extraction, frequency-dependent SPICE model extraction and EMI prediction. SMIC’s adoption of HFSS extends its RF CMOS design capabilities and provides a proven platform on which to build accurate and traceable on-chip model libraries.

SMIC will use HFSS to provide a unique library of complex, high-speed and high-frequency passive structures for accurate, next-generation designs traceable to the foundry. “Our customers are requesting high-Q spiral inductors with small form factors for their high-frequency, portable communication platforms,” said Dr. Lee Yang, head of RF Application and Design Support at SMIC. “Our research and testing shows that Ansoft offers the best solution to help our customers meet these objectives.”

In addition, SMIC is investigating new design flows that link process-accurate models of critical, multi-port structures with advanced circuit and system simulation. “We see a growing need to link 3D electromagnetic extraction with circuit simulation and SMIC’s process so that SMIC customers can reliably predict IC silicon performance,” said Dr. Yang.

“It is our great honor to announce this partnership with SMIC,” said Jack Qiu, country manager for Ansoft China. “The combination of SMIC’s leading foundry solutions with Ansoft’s best-in-class technology provides a competitive advantage for Chinese engineers designing innovative, high-value electronics.”

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. Headquartered in Shanghai, SMIC provides integrated circuit manufacturing service at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line technologies. SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) under start-up and three 200mm wafer fabs in its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a 200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, and an in-house assembly and testing facility in Chengdu. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Italy and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 200mm wafer fab in Chengdu owned by Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and a 300mm wafer fab (under construction) in Wuhan owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation.

About Ansoft
Ansoft is a leading developer of high-performance electronic design automation (EDA) software. Engineers use Ansoft software to achieve first-pass system success when designing mobile communication and Internet-access devices, broadband networking components and systems, integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical systems. Ansoft markets its products worldwide through its own direct sales force and has comprehensive customer-support and training offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe.