SMIC is catching up on 28nm

September 03, 2015, anysilicon

China’s largest semiconductor foundry has successfully manufactured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processors using its 28nm technology.


The news came directly from the president of Qualcomm Incorporated, Derek Aberle, and Dr. Zixue Zhou, Chairman of SMIC, the company that just one year ago was announcing the collaboration with Qualcomm Technology.


The new processors manufactured with 28nm process technology, instead of the 40nm previously used for high volume smartphones, praise double logic density, perform up to 30% faster and consume up to 50% less compared to the old ones.


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SMIC, China largest foundry and one of the leading companies in the industry worldwide, is extremely satisfied by the outstanding result born from the  collaboration with Qualcomm Technology. Indeed, Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of SMIC said: “The first batch that used SMIC’s 28nm node performed well, achieving recognition from Qualcomm Technologies and mobile phone manufacturers. This is an important moment for the industry’s entire ecosystem, because for the first time, China’s mainland manufacturers can now introduce mainstream smartphones which is a result of the close collaboration between SMIC and Qualcomm Technologies. This marks the start of a new era of 28nm advanced mobile phone chip manufacturing in China. In the future, with the development of 28nm technologies, we are looking forward to providing more advanced processing and extensive technical support to Qualcomm Technologies and other global customers.”


Also Qualcomm representatives, like Derek Aberle, are looking forward to see how mainstream smartphones will perform on the market thanks to this new leading chipset and rumours say that they are already getting ready to welcome even more advanced processors supporting the 4K technology inside more affordable smartphones in the near future.