[TodayIR] SMIC: ARM and SMIC Broaden IP Partnership with 28nm

  [TodayIR] SMIC: ARM and SMIC Broaden IP Partnership with 28nm Process for
                       Mobile and Consumer Applications

Collaboration provides access to innovative IP for high-performance SoC

SHANGHAI, Feb. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ARM and SMIC (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981),
China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced an
agreement to offer the ARM® Artisan® physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly
SiON (PS) process to provide high-performance, high-density and low-power
technologies for SoC designs.

Under the agreement, ARM will provide a comprehensive physical IP platform for
advanced process technology that supports a wide range of consumer
applications targeting the fast-growing smartphone, tablet, wireless and
digital home markets.

"SMIC is pleased to offer access to the popular ARM Artisan standard cells and
next-generation memory compilers," said Dr. Tianshen Tang, senior vice
president of SMIC's Design Service Center. "Strengthening our collaboration
with ARM enables optimized implementation of cost- and power-sensitive SoCs
for our customers."

"ARM Artisan standard cells and memory compilers deliver the features, quality
and rigorous silicon validation that customers demand to achieve fast
time-to-market," said Dipesh Patel, executive vice president and general
manager, Physical Design Group, ARM. "Extending our collaboration with SMIC on
the 28nm PS process demonstrates ARM's commitment to provide the best SoC
implementations at leading foundries."

ARM Physical IP Platform

The ARM Artisan physical IP platform for SMIC's 28nm poly SiON (PS) process
provides the building blocks to implement a wide range of performance and area
optimized, low-power SoCs designs. ARM's silicon-proven IP platform offers a
comprehensive set of memory compilers, standard cells and logic, and
general-purpose interface products that meet the most demanding performance
and power requirements for mobile communications and computing.

ARM's standard cell libraries and memory compilers incorporate multi-channel
and mixed Vtfeatures to enable a wide performance and power spectrum taking
advantage of the performance and power range of SMIC's leading-edge poly SiON
process. These features ensure that power budgets for performance-critical SoC
designs can be met.
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