Shiuh-Wuu Lee, executive VP of technology development at SMIC, said he's confident in the firm's 28nm manufacturing and shared that they're getting "rather good" yields. Demand for SMIC's 28nm process will come primarily from Chinese IC designers:
SMIC has moved its 28nm PolySiON process to volume production, and will move forward having its 28nm HKMG offering ready for commercial production, Lee said. Clients for SMIC's 28nm HKMG node will include Broadcom and HiSilicon, Lee added.SMIC also revealed risk production of chips made on its 14nm FinFET process could start as early as 2018.
Lee also said that demand for 28nm manufacturing coming from China's local IC design companies will rise significantly, and believes that many of them are interested in placing orders with SMIC once the foundry moves its 28nm HKMG process to volume production.