SMIC begins mass production of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor in Beijing

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, announces that the Snapdragon 425 processor and MDM9x07 has passed customer qualification and begun mass production in Beijing, after the successful technology transfer from SMIC’s Shanghai 12-inch fab to SMIC’s majority owned joint venture fab in Beijing. The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents an important step for SMIC’s 28nm technology.

This achievement is a result of close collaboration between Qualcomm and SMIC’s Beijing and Shanghai teams. SMIC’s successful 28nm production demonstrates its continued leadership in Mainland China and enhanced global competitiveness in advanced node technology.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor is redefining the entry-point of mid-tier processors. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 64-bit CPU, and a 16 megapixel dual image sensor processor, the Snapdragon 425 is making cutting-edge experiences more accessible with advanced computing, smooth graphics and remarkable camera quality. SMIC’s Beijing fab is located in the Beijing Economic Development Zone and is capable of manufacturing 28nm and above process technology nodes.

“The successful mass production of Snapdragon 28nm in the Beijing fab represents a major achievement for SMIC in expanding our production at 28nm,” said Dr. Haijun Zhao, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of SMIC. “Through parallel production of 28nm at both Shanghai and Beijing fabs, SMIC is able to expand our 28nm services to Qualcomm and global customers and to continue our progress in advanced node technology production.”

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