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Ningbo Semiconductor International Corporation (NSI) is a joint venture of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), the largest foundry in Mainland China. It has been co-invested by SMIC, China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, Beilun Industry Investment Fund and other domestic IC funds. With a current registered capital of 1.82 billion RMB, it has become a major company that introduced by Ningbo in IC manufacturing industry.
NSI is located in Beilun District, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. The mass production of N1 project in Xiaogang Industrial Park has already begun and the N2 project was taken place in Chaiqiao Integrated Circuit Area (Xingang town) with a larger capacity.
The pre-preparation of the projects was initiated in 2016 and the company was registered at the end of the year.
By the end of 2016, the company completed the acquisition of the intellectual property and production equipments for all the products and processes from IMP.
In March 2018, the construction of N1 (8-inch) fab has been officially started, and the fab launched operation in November 2018.
In June 2018, the land of N2 project was acquired and the construction has been started in November 2018.
NSI’s core team was built on SMIC's specialty semiconductor process team and attracted senior talents from Intel, TSMC, Renesas Electronics, Applied Materials, Honeywell, etc.
NSI’s technology is being positioned on the specialty semiconductor process fields including high voltage simulation, RF front-end and optoelectronic integration, which happen to be the weak links in domestic IC industry scope. NSI aims to focus on independent process development and constant innovation.
The markets cover the fields of 4G/5G radio frequency of mobile communication; high voltage drive for smart appliance and industrial control; automotive electronics including autonomous driving and new energy vehicles; augmented reality and virtual reality related silicon-based microdisplays.
A new business model of Foundry and Virtual Original Design Manufacturer has been adopted in accordance with the unique features of analog chips.