Attaining an industry first for China’s rapidly growing mobile chipset sector this month, SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation) became one of the first foundries in the region to produce high-performance, low-power mobile chipsets at 28nm (one of the industry’s most advanced process nodes), successfully fabricating Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors.
The milestone represents a win-win-win: for SMIC, for the Chinese mobile industry, and for the value that collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) brings to both. It comes just six months after SMIC and QTI announced their plans to collaborate on 28nm wafer production. There had already been a longstanding and productive relationship between SMIC and QTI prior to the July announcement, which signaled the beginning of a new phase of collaboration.
Based in Shanghai, China SMIC is a key player in QTI’s supply chain, and growing this relationship with the SMIC team has helped QTI to expand its manufacturing footprint there in the world’s largest mobile market. We’re excited by the collaboration, and very pleased by the 28nm achievement this month. Working with SMIC helps QTI address the growing need for high-performance and low-power mobile devices with customers in China, in the region—and around the world.
Snapdragon 410 is designed to enable a new class of smartphones and tablets at the high-volume tier, which is a critical segment in China—and in other regions (particularly in emerging regions) worldwide. It delivers integrated LTE, high-performance graphics and imaging, 1080P HD display, 64-bit capable processing, and a range of advanced modem features.
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