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GalaxyCore Announces New Milestone: Shipment of 100K 8” wafers using SMIC’s CMOS Image Sensor Process

12 Feb 2010

SMIC’s CMOS Image Sensor Process
Shanghai  [2010-02-12]

Shanghai, China – Feb 12, 2010. GalaxyCore Microelectronics Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “GalaxyCore”), a leading CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) design company in China, today announced that it has reached a new milestone with its key foundry partner Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI and SEHK: 0981.HK) and shipped 100,000 8” wafers.

GalaxyCore, as a leading CIS design company in China, is dedicated to the development of CIS product design. GalaxyCore owns innovative CIS core technologies. Its CIS products are relatively small in size, low in power consumption and cost and have outstanding image quality. In addition, the products features also include color correction, noise elimination, and image resize. As for the 0.13um and 0.153um CIS process its foundry partner SMIC uses to manufacture GalaxyCore’s products has the least photo layers in the industry and is thus the most cost-effective.

"With GalaxyCore’s innovative design and patented CIS pixel construction and technology as well as SMIC's outstanding process and excellent yield performance, we may ensure that our CIS products quality performance is close to CCD image quality and yet have the advantages of low power consumption and low cost that CCD image sensors cannot compete with,” said by the CEO of GalaxyCore, Stanley Zhao. “In addition, quality assurance and product recognition go hand in hand. To work with a foundry with the size and advanced technologies like SMIC, we can guarantee to provide our customers with products of the best quality.”

Chris Chi, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of SMIC said, "GalaxyCore has more than 40% of the CIS VGA market share and is currently the largest in China. Together with SMIC, the largest foundry in China, we have confidence to better serve China's rapid growing consumer electronics market and enhance the VGA market penetration. "

GalaxyCore Inc. is founded by a group of Silicon Valley's technical experts in September 2003, focusing on CMOS image sensor design, development and sales of its CIS products that are mainly applied in camera phones, digital cameras, PC cameras, surveillance camera systems, and toy products. The company has received numerous U.S. and China patents with its innovative CIS designs. For more information, please visit GalaxyCore’s website,

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35um to 45nm. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and three 200mm wafer fabs in its Shanghai mega-fab, two 300mm wafer fabs in its Beijing mega-fab, a 200mm wafer fab in Tianjin, a 200mm fab under construction in Shenzhen, and an in-house assembly and testing facility in Chengdu. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. In addition, SMIC manages and operates a 200mm wafer fab in Chengdu owned by Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and a 300mm wafer fab in Wuhan owned by Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. For more information, please visit

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