SMIC adopts ARM physical IP for both low-powered and high-performance designs at 90 nanometer technology node

30 May 2006

Agreement enables customers to access ARM physical IP on SMIC 90nm processes via ARM website at no charge

SHANGHAI, CHINA AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – May, 30, 2006 – Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), one of the leading foundries in the world ["SMIC", NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 0981.HK], and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today jointly announced that SMIC has adopted the ARM® Metro™ low-power/high density and Advantage™ high- performance products, part of its family of Artisan® physical IP, for SMIC’s 90-nanometer(nm) LL (low leakage) and G (mainstream) processes. The agreement furthers the companies’ collaboration and commitment to enable leading-edge design and manufacturing solutions via the ARM website at no charge.

 “Continuing our collaboration with ARM furthers our commitment to providing a comprehensive manufacturing roadmap that includes ARM high-quality, silicon-proven physical IP for customers,” said Paul Ouyang, vice president of Design Services, SMIC. “Together with ARM, we can offer our customers using our 90nm processes, access to ARM Metro and Advantage products, which can shorten design time, minimize risk and accelerate time-to-market for our customers.”

ARM Metro low-power/high density IP is optimized for portable electronic devices and Advantage IP provides high-speed and low-power performance to meet a wide range of applications in the consumer, communications and networking markets. Both Metro and Advantage product portfolios include ARM standard cell libraries and multiple memory compilers. The Metro standard cells include power management kits that enable dynamic and leakage power saving techniques such as clock gating, multi-voltage islands and power gating. The Metro memory compilers offer similar advanced power saving features.

The Metro and Advantage IP include ARM’s extensive set of views and models providing integration with many of the industry’s leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools. These views provide functional, timing and power information for the Metro and Advantage products over a wide range of operating conditions, thus allowing designers to implement complex power management systems that actively control dynamic and leakage power within their SoC. 

“SMIC’s advanced technology roadmap continues to provide customers with implementation solutions they are looking for today’s SoC designs,” said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. “With the adoption of both ARM Metro and Advantage products, SMIC’s customers have a choice of optimized physical IP for their consumer, communications and networking applications.”

ARM Metro and Advantage IP design views are expected to be available during the fourth quarter of 2006 for licensed customers to download via the ARM website at no charge.  Preliminary 'Front End' design views, enabling customers to begin design and simulation work, are expected to be available at the end of the second quarter of 2006.

About SMIC
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI, HKSE: 0981.HK) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing at 0.35um to 90nm and finer line technologies to customers worldwide. Established in 2000, SMIC has four 8-inch wafer fabrication facilities in volume production in Shanghai and Tianjin. In the first quarter of 2005, SMIC commenced commercial production at its 12-inch wafer fabrication facility in Beijing. SMIC also maintains customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong.  SMIC's pool of talents includes over 2,500 semiconductor industry experts and technical staff. SMIC has achieved ISO9001, ISO/TS16949, OHSAS18001, TL9000, BS7799 and ISO14001 certifications. For additional information, please visit http://www.smics.com.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

Safe Harbor Statements
(Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)
Certain statements contained in this press release, such as statements regarding the continuing collaboration between SMIC and ARM, may be viewed as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors (including without limitation the results of future collaboration between SMIC and ARM), which may cause actual events, and/or the actual performance, financial condition or results of operations of SMIC to be materially different from any future performance, financial condition or results of operations implied by such forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these risks, uncertainties and other factors is included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on June 28, 2005 and such other documents that SMIC may file with the SEC or The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited from time to time.


ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Metro and Advantage are trademarks of ARM Limited. Artisan and Artisan Components are registered trademarks of ARM Physical IP, Inc.  All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.

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