SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SHANGHAI, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crocus Technology, a leading developer of magnetically enhanced semiconductors, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced the formal signing of joint technology development and wafer manufacturing agreements. Under the agreements, the two companies will jointly develop high-temperature Magnetic Logic Unit™ (MLU) technology targeted at automotive applications. SMIC will manufacture and supply the CMOS base wafers on advanced technology nodes, which will be further processed at Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), Crocus' advanced magnetic manufacturing facility.
Crocus' MLU, based on a revolutionary magnetics architecture, is a scalable evolution of its Thermally Assisted Switching™ (TAS) technology. MLU technology enables practical implementation of advanced logic and memory capabilities, a first for the industry.
"This agreement solidifies our manufacturing plan for building MLU products at advanced technology nodes," said Dr. Bertrand F. Cambou, executive chairman of Crocus Technology. "By combining SMIC's proven and cost effective CMOS manufacturing capacity with CNE's advanced magnetic capability, we can meet our manufacturing requirements and better serve our customers.""MLU technology brings significant benefits in functionality and cost," said Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, CEO and executive director of SMIC. "We are excited to work with Crocus on advanced magnetic semiconductors and bring differentiated next-generation products to the marketplace." In addition, Crocus' MLU technology could be licensed to SMIC for use in embedded chip applications. The companies also plan to collaborate on joint marketing in the area of smart cards using TAS MLU and MRAM (magnetoresistive random access memory) technology. About Crocus Technology Crocus is a leading developer of magnetic semiconductor technology for dense, non-volatile, high-speed, scalable chip solutions used in general and special purpose applications. The company's Magnetic Logic Unit™ (MLU) architecture, featuring a revolutionary self-reference technique, is a scalable evolution of Crocus' patented Thermally Assisted Switching™ (TAS) technology. MLU enables practical implementation of advanced magnetic logic and memory capabilities. Crocus' first generation magnetic technology was originally conceived at the Grenoble, France-based Spintec, a world leading magnetic research laboratory affiliated with two leading French labs, CEA and CNRS. It was further developed for production at SVTC in California and is in its final phase of implementation at TowerJazz Semiconductor. In October 2011, Crocus announced a joint development agreement with IBM to further advance the technology, focusing on advanced development of the MLU architecture. Crocus' technology is covered by a comprehensive patent portfolio. In May 2011, Crocus and RUSNANO formed a joint venture, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), to build and operate an advanced manufacturing facility for magnetic semiconductors. Find Crocus at: www.crocus-technology.com. About SMIC 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 http://www.smics.com