SMIC, Brite Semiconductor and Synopsys Collaborate to Deliver Low Power Platform for the Internet of Things

IoT Platform Accelerates Designs for IoT Edge Devices with Synopsys Silicon-Proven ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem, Brite ASIC Design Services, and SMIC 55-nm Ultra-Low Power Process

Highlights:

  • The IoT platform including Synopsys' DesignWare ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem and interface IP, implemented by Brite's expert design services for SMIC's 55-nm ultra-low power process accelerates IoT designs
  • Collaboration resulted in successful test chip silicon, demonstrating significant dynamic and leakage power reductions using SMIC's 55ULP process
  • The platform is optimized for functionality common in IoT designs such as voice recognition, face detection, and sensor fusion.

SHANGHAI, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), Brite Semiconductor ("Brite"), and Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) today announced a collaboration resulting in an IoT platform that enables designers, system integrators and OEMs to accelerate and differentiate their next-generation IoT systems. The platform consisting of Synopsys' DesignWare® ARC® Data Fusion Subsystem with ARC EM9D processor, USB and I3C IP solutions was integrated by Brite Semiconductor design services using SMIC's 55-nm ultra-low power (ULP) process. The collaboration resulted in the successful development of a test chip demonstrating up to 45% reduction in dynamic power and 70% reduction in leakage power compared to SMIC's 55LL process technology. This platform provides customers with a proven starting point for creating their IoT designs and enables the integration of customized functions on demand, while lowering costs. In addition, Synopsys is offering a commercialized ARC IoT Development Kit based on the platform to ease software development for ARC processor-based systems.

Brite's leading design services provide turnkey solutions for ASIC and SoC development on SMIC's advanced 55-nm process. Through this collaboration, Brite implemented a design that can be used as a basis for customers to tailor for their target application. These services enable chip developers to significantly speed time to market for IoT applications including smart home, wearable devices, smart city, and industrial.

"As a leading ASIC design solution provider, Brite worked closely with Synopsys and SMIC to develop an ARC-based IC optimized for the IoT on SMIC's 55-nm ULP process." said Larry Lee, VP of Marketing & Sales, at Brite Semiconductor. "Our mutual customers can now leverage a proven design and design team to develop their own SoC, customized for their specific application requirements, and get it to market in record time."

Together with partners in the IC ecosystem, SMIC helps design houses develop chips that can be used in a range of IoT applications. By reducing products' operating voltage, and optimizing the device and IP design, designers can greatly reduce both dynamic and static power consumption of products implemented in SMIC's 55-nm ULP process, while lowering overall system costs.

"SMIC's 55-nm process, which is in production, was developed specifically to address the stringent power and cost requirements of advanced IoT designs," said TianShen Tang, EVP of Design Service, at SMIC. "By collaborating with Brite and Synopsys on the IoT Platform, we are enabling the design community to leverage our newest low power 55-nm ULP foundry process with Synopsys' leading DesignWare IP and ARC processor-based subsystem solutions to meet their tight schedules and lower system cost."

Synopsys' ARC Data Fusion IP Subsystem, implemented in the IoT platform, is a pre-verified hardware and software IP product optimized for use in devices requiring minimal energy consumption. Tightly coupled interface peripherals, including pulse density modulation (PDM), and I2S combined with the included audio processing software library simplify the implementation of voice and speech functionality in a range of applications such as far-field voice user interfaces and hands-free voice commands. In addition, the standards-compliant MIPI I3C controller enables high data rate transmission for the integration of multiple sensors in SoC. The integrated DesignWare USB 2.0 controller is silicon-proven and shipping in billions of devices.

"The advent of "always-on" IoT applications needing sensor fusion, audio playback and voice detection functionality is requiring systems to be optimized for the lowest power consumption possible." said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. "Our collaboration with Brite and SMIC on the IoT IP Platform provides SoC designers, system integrators, OEMs and software developers with a proven solution that enables efficient development of their next-generation, low-power chipsets."

Availability

The DesignWare ARC Data Fusion Subsystem, USB Controller, and I3C IP are available today from Synopsys. The SMIC 55ULP process is now in production. Brite's turnkey design services for the IoT platform are available now.

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. SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services on process nodes from 0.35 micron to 28 nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has an international manufacturing and service base. In China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai; a 300mm mega-fab and a majority-owned 300mm fab for advanced nodes in Beijing; 200mm fabs in Tianjin and Shenzhen; and a majority-owned joint-venture 300mm bumping facility in Jiangyin; additionally, in Italy SMIC has a majority-owned 200mm fab. SMIC also has marketing and customer service offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong.

For more information, please visit  www.smics.com.

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(Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)

This press release contains, in addition to historical information, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on SMIC's current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. SMIC uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project," "target" and similar expressions to identify forward looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of SMIC's senior management and involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause SMIC's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, risks associated with cyclicality and market conditions in the semiconductor industry, intense competition in the semiconductor industry, SMIC's reliance on a small number of customers, timely wafer acceptance by SMIC's customers, timely introduction of new technologies, SMIC's ability to ramp new products into volume, supply and demand for semiconductor foundry services, industry overcapacity, shortages in equipment, components and raw materials, availability of manufacturing capacity, financial stability in end markets, orders or judgments from pending litigation, intensive intellectual property litigation in semiconductor industry, general economic conditions and fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

In addition to the information contained in this press release, you should also consider the information contained in our other filings with the SEC, including our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2017, especially in the "Risk Factors" section and such other documents that we may file with the SEC or The Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited ("SEHK") from time to time, including current reports on Form 6-K. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on our future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated or, if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as may be required by law, SMIC undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Brite Semiconductor

Brite Semiconductor is a world-leading ASIC design solution provider, targeting at ULSI ASIC/SoC chip design on SMIC advanced 55nm/40nm/28nm process technology and turn-Key solutions. Brite Semiconductor provides flexible one-stop services from RTL/netlist to chip delivery, and seamless, cost effective, and low-risk solutions to customers.

Brite Semiconductor was founded in 2008 by venture capital firms from China and abroad, and collaborated with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) as strategic partners in 2010. Headquartered in Shanghai, Brite has two subsidiaries, Beijing Brite IP and Hefei Brite Technology, and has set up offices in US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan to provide services to customers.

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