SMIC, China National Fund and Qualcomm sign letter of intent to invest in SJsemi

China.gifDigi Times — Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) announced on September 16 that the company has signed a letter of intent with China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) and a subsidiary of Qualcomm to invest a total of US$280 million in SJ Semiconductor (SJsemi), a joint venture between SMIC and Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET).

China semiconductor investment fund reportedly targets Globalfoundries

ChinaDigi Times — China’s National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund reportedly has targeted Globalfoundries for acquisition in order to allow China to secure 14nm FinFET foundry process technology in a fast manner, according to sources from Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. China-based Hua Capital Management, which manages the national semiconductor industry investment fund on behalf of the central government, has approached Globalfoundries for possible cooperation through an investment bank, said the sources.

China IC foundries, backend firms soliciting orders from Taiwan

ChinaDigi Times — China-based IC foundries including Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) and Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), and backend firms such as Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME) are soliciting orders from Taiwan’s fabless IC firms, according to industry sources.

SMIC’s 28nm Chips Power Mainstream Smartphones Marking a New Era for Advanced Chip Manufacturing in China

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry and one of the world’s largest foundries, today announced its 28nm process technology that is used for manufacturing Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processors, has been successfully adopted into mainstream smartphones. This marks a significant step in the commercial usage of 28nm core chips, and a new era of advanced mobile phone chip manufacturing in China.

Commentary: SMIC gains access to 14nm process technology

ChinaThe recent announcement by China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Belgium-based microelectronics research institute IMEC to develop and produce advanced semiconductors could be another milestone for China’s goal of ramping up the local production of IC parts.

SMIC to form R&D joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec

ChinaDigi Times — Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China’s top foundry chipmaker, has announced plans to form a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm, and nano-electronics research institute Imec. The JV company, dubbed SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development (Shanghai), will focus on R&D to build advanced CMOS technologies and establish China’s home-grown 14nm and beyond process technologies.