DigiTimes reports semiconductor foundry SMIC has big plans. The foundry lags behind rivals as it will only start rolling out its 65nm chips later this year but the company will attempt to leap ahead and start 32nm production in Q3 2009.
Despite lagging behind rivals over 65nm production, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) is not going to be absent in process node migration. A company executive has indicated that a transition to 65nm will be made by the end of this year, and that 32nm production is also expected to follow next year.
According to Eric Guo, director of micro-patterning tech division at SMIC's mask shop, SMIC will have 65nm production in 2008. The company has also started development for cutting-edge process nodes including 45nm and 40nm. It is expected that 32nm production to follow in the third quarter of 2009, he said.
Among the top-four foundries, SMIC is the last to extends into 65nm production. TSMC saw 18% of its sales contributed by 65nm in second quarter, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) 5% and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing 13%.