Qualcomm Inc. plans to engage Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., also called SMIC, to manufacture its Snapdragon processors for smartphones and tablets.
Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) made the announcement on July 3.The chips will use an extra-fine 28 nanometer geometry.
SMIC (NYSE: SMI) bills itself as the largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry in mainland China. It has fabrication facilities in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and a fab under development in Shenzhen, outside Hong Kong.
In other news related to Qualcomm, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) plans to join several companies using the AllJoyn software platform to connect devices wirelessly, Microsoft said on July 2. Qualcomm invented the AllJoyn platform, which is an open source “common language” to link a variety of devices in the Internet of Things.