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SMIC gets government support in Beijing expansion

Posted: 16 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer manufacturing? 12-inch wafer? wafer fabrication?

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has announced the signing of a cooperation framework document between its subsidiary SMIC Beijing and the Beijing municipal government. This will lead to the establishment of a joint venture to launch SMIC Beijing's second phase expansion project, SMIC added.

The signing ceremony was attended by SMIC Chairman Zhan Wenyi and Beijing officials.

SMIC Beijing was registered in 2002 in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area (BDA). It commenced operation in September 2004 as mainland China's first 12-inch wafer fabrication facility, the company said. It is also SMIC's largest 12-inch wafer manufacturing base. SMIC Beijing achieved 90nm volume production in 2006, 65nm volume production in 2009, and 55nm volume production in 2011.

The SMIC Beijing second phase expansion project will be constructed with support from the Beijing municipal government. It will be located adjacent to SMIC Beijing's current 12-inch mega-fab, and will operate at the 45/40nm and 32/28nm technology nodes. After the second phase expansion, SMIC Beijing will have a larger manufacturing base capable of producing at more advanced technology nodes and at a lower cost, thus achieving improved efficiency and economies of scale, SMIC noted.

The semiconductor industry is an innovation-driven high-tech industry and is a priority for the Beijing municipal government. After a decade of successful development, SMIC Beijing has accumulated considerable technology, talent, customer relationships and operational experience, the company said. The company added that for this reason, the Beijing government supports the further expansion and strengthening of SMIC Beijing. The SMIC Beijing second phase expansion project is an important step in the economic development and economic structure optimization of the regional economy.

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