SMIC Achieves Breakthrough in Backside-Illuminated Image Sensors
SHANGHAI, Dec. 20, 2012
SHANGHAI, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing
International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China's largest and
most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced a breakthrough in its
development of backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology,
with the first test chip demonstrating good image quality even in low-light
conditions. The complete BSI process technology, which has been independently
developed by SMIC, will serve the market for high-end mobile phone cameras,
and is targeted to enter risk production with partnering customers in 2013.
SMIC's success in BSI process development will broaden its CIS foundry service
offerings to customers with five-megapixel and higher resolution phone cameras
and high-performance video camera products. BSI sensors are more
light-sensitive than frontside-illuminated CMOS sensors, allowing today's top
smartphones to take brighter, clearer pictures at night or indoors. While
driving its BSI technology toward commercial production, the company is soon
to begin early development of next-generation CIS technology based on 3D
"We are proud to be the first Chinese foundry to successfully develop BSI CMOS
image sensors," said SMIC CEO Dr. TY Chiu. "CMOS image sensors are among the
key value-added technologies that SMIC offers for customers in the mobile
device and imaging markets."
"With this achievement as a stepping stone, our development team will drive
the BSI sensor technology to timely commercialization," added Dr. Shiuh-Wuu
Lee, SMIC's Senior Vice President of Technology Development. "This
breakthrough further solidifies SMIC's position as the advanced technology
leader in China."
Since the introduction of its frontside-illuminated CIS process in 2005, SMIC
has become a major foundry for CIS wafers, primarily for mobile phone and
consumer electronics applications. In order to provide turnkey CIS fabrication
service, SMIC and Toppan Printing of Japan operate a joint venture, Toppan
SMIC Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., (TSES), which fabricates on-chip color
filters and micro lenses at SMIC's Shanghai site.
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, providing integrated
circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 40-nanometer.
Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility
(fab) and three 200mm wafer fabs in its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer
fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a 200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, and a 200mm fab
under construction in Shenzhen. SMIC also has customer service and marketing
offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in
Hong Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan
owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation.
For more information, please visit www.smics.com.
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