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SMIC denies TSMC's infringement allegations

Posted: 31 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Motorola? Fujitsu? Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.? Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.TSMC? SMIC?

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) refutes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC) claims that the former stole technology from the latter by saying that SMIC's memory and logic IC production technologies came from other sources, according to sources close to the ongoing lawsuit between the two companies.

TSMC has stated in a previous court session that SMIC's development of its 0.18 process was due to a management-driven scheme wherein SMIC hired over 100 employees from TSMC and its affiliates. TSMC claimed that these employees were approached by SMIC to provide confidential TSMC information.

SMIC denied the claims, saying that the company obeys employee recruitment laws, and pointed out that TSMC also hired ex-SMIC employees. The company also spoke of its comprehensive R&D system and its expectations that applied patents will exceed 1,000 come year-end 2006.

According to SMIC, its 0.18 technology is from Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor, while its 0.13 and 90nm technologies are from Motorola after the company secured investment from Motorola in 2005. This agreement included the transfer of Motorola's Tianjin wafer fab facility (MOS-17) to SMIC in exchange for SMIC shares.

Its memory IC technologies, the 0.20- and 0.16 technologies, were licensed from Fujitsu, while the SRAM technologies 0.21- and 0.25 processes were from Toshiba. Infineon Technologies supplies SMIC's DRAM technologies including 0.14, 0.11? and 90nm processes, while Elpida Memory provides SMIC with its 0.1 and 90nm technologies.

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