Mentor Graphics Tools Selected as Production Standards for SMIC

3/25/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) jointly announced that SMIC, China's first pure-play commercial IC foundry to achieve volume production for 8-inch wafers, has chosen the Mentor Graphics® tools, including Calibre®, IC Station®, and EldoTM, as one of their internal production standards.

SMIC provides wafer fabrication services for a wide range of devices, such as logic, mixed-signal, SRAM, DRAM, EEPROM, Mask ROM, high-voltage circuits and system-on-chip.

"Adopting Calibre puts us in a unique position. Not only do we get access to outstanding technology, but we also align our physical verification flow with semiconductor companies which have standardized on Calibre," said Dr. James Sung, vice president of marketing and sales, SMIC. "In addition, Mentor has excellent custom design and simulation technology, and we have therefore chosen IC Station and Eldo for use in our internal development teams."

"Calibre is the physical verification standard for design services companies, library and IP providers, foundries and fabs," said Joseph Sawicki, general manager of the Mentor Graphics design-to-silicon division. "With SMIC's adoption of a comprehensive set of IC design tools from Mentor, they establish a solid tool infrastructure that will serve them now and for future process technologies."

Mentor Graphics Integrated AMS SoC Design Tools
Mentor Graphics delivers advanced technology for AMS SoC design, from capture and simulation through physical implementation, verification and analysis. The tool set includes the Design Architect®-IC application, with a powerful AMS SoC design cockpit, and the IC Station layout and chip assembly flow for accelerated physical layout, top-level floor planning and chip assembly routing. Mentor Graphics also provides the ADVance MSTM tool, a single-kernel, language-independent simulation environment for digital, analog, mixed-signal and RF circuits. In addition, the Calibre and Calibre xRCTM tools deliver the industry's highest capacity, performance and accuracy for physical verification and parasitic extraction. This fully integrated set of tools is available immediately for Linux, HP and Sun platforms.

About SMIC
SMIC is the first pure-play advanced IC foundry in China to achieve volume production for 8-inch wafers at 0.25um, 0.18um and finer line technologies. Established in April 2000, SMIC is a Cayman Islands company based in Shanghai. The foundry provides customers with a full range of services that include: design services, mask manufacturing, wafer fabrication as well as testing capabilities. For more information, please visit

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, Calibre ,IC Station and Design Architect are registered trademarks, and Eldo, Calibre xRC, and ADVance MS are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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