Foundry offers 0.18 µm embedded flash process technology.

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Based on 2T PMOS flash (pFLASH(TM)) architecture, 0.18 µm embedded flash memory process provides non-volatile solution with endurance rated up to 100K cycles and data retention of up to 10 years. Design is optimized for configuration flexibility as well as minimal power consumption and space. Suitable applications include MCUs, USB keys, smartcards, and devices for automotive market.

Original Press Release:

SMIC and CHINGIS Announce Availability of 0.18µm Embedded Flash Process Technology and IP Portfolio

SHANGHAI, June 1 -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the most advanced in Mainland China, and Chingis Technology Corporation, a leader in nonvolatile memory products and IP provider, announced today the availability of SMIC's 0.18um embedded flash memory process technology and IP portfolio.

SMIC's 0.18um embedded flash process, the product of a close collaboration between a pioneering foundry and an expert in embedded non-volatile memory, is based on the third generation of Chingis's patented 2T PMOS flash (pFLASH(TM)) architecture, and is fully qualified and ready for mass production. The process offers customers a high-performance, cost-effective non-volatile memory solution with excellent endurance (up to 100K cycles) and data retention (up to 10 years), and proven yield and quality in volume production.

With its low power consumption, small area, and configuration flexibility, the 0.18um embedded flash process is an attractive option for customers involved in a wide range of applications, such as microcontrollers, USB keys, smartcards, and devices for the fast-growing automotive market. Customers can use the 0.18um technology as a starting point or, if already manufacturing at a larger technology node, easily port their designs to this more advanced process.

"The 0.18um embedded flash process technology is another key development with significant importance due to the potential market size and the number of current and potential applications, particularly in China," said Dr. Chiou-Feng Chen, SMIC's vice president of marketing and sales. "SMIC is one of the leading foundries to provide both in embedded Flash and EEPROM technology, and we are fully prepared to serve the needs of our customers."

"This new advanced technology is intended to enable customers to develop high performance products with very competitive cost," said Alex Wang, president and CEO of Chingis Technology Corporation. "We are very pleased to cooperate with SMIC to successfully build up the third generation pFLASH platform in such a short time."

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 0.35um to 45nm. 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, a 200mm fab under construction in Shenzhen, and an in-house assembly and testing facility in Chengdu. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 200mm wafer fab in Chengdu owned by Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and a 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. For more information, please visit .

About Chingis Technology Corporation

Chingis Technology Corporation is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer of JEDEC standard flash and embedded OTP/MTP/Flash/EEPROM solutions for computing, digital consumer, wireless and networking applications. A pioneer in the design and development of P-channel NVM memory technology since 1995 in San Jose, Chingis offers the highest quality, most durable low-power, non-volatile memories based on pFLASH(TM) -- Chingis' proprietary P-Channel technology. Chingis holds more than 42 patents worldwide, for computing, networking, systems-on-a-chip (SoC), microprocessors, microcontrollers, telecommunications, and embedded applications. pFlash(TM) and pFusion(TM) are registered trademarks of Chingis Technology Corporation. For more information, please visit the company's web site at .

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Reiko Chang
Corporate Relations
Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x10544

Angela Miao
Public Relations
Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x10088

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