Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, announces the official launch of a 12-inch integrated circuit (IC) production line at SMIC’s Shenzhen facility. It will be the very first 12-inch fab in South China.
In order to meet the large demand for IC chips in the IoT era, SMIC Shenzhen is building the new 12-inch IC production line in an existing building. The new line will manufacture mainstream mature technology. Construction is planned to start by the end of 2016. Some second-hand equipment for the new line has already been secured. The early production is expected to begin by the end of 2017.The total designed capacity is 40,000 12-inch wafers per month; capacity ramp will be based on customer needs.
Located in Pingshan New District, Shenzhen, SMIC Shenzhen opened the first 8-inch IC production line in South China in December 2014. Its capacity is currently 30,000 wafers per month, and it will continue to expand based on market demand.
The Chairman of SMIC, Dr. Zixue Zhou, said, “Shenzhen has the largest electronic information industrial base in China, comprising hundreds of IC design, system and equipment companies. Thanks to the attention given to the IC industry from the Shenzhen Municipal Government, SMIC Shenzhen steadily operates an 8-inch production line. By launching the new 12-inch production line, SMIC will further improve our capacity, better serve our customers, and facilitate the development of Shenzhen’s IC ecosystem.”