12" CMOS Image Sensor, color filter and micro lens array in production in China
China based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) announced 12" color filter and micro lens array production line in mainland China is put into production by Toppan SMIC Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. ("TSES"), a joint venture of SMIC and Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. ("Toppan").
"Building a 12" color filter and micro lens array production line is an pivotal step for SMIC to create IC manufacturing supply chain and implement differentiated strategy," said Dong Cui, executive vice president of SMIC Investment and Strategic Business Development. "With SMIC's front-end 12" CIS wafer manufacturing line in volume production and existing domestic back-end package capacity, SMIC will build the first complete 12" CIS supply chain in China covering all the processes of front-end, middle-end and back-end to support customers with differentiated offerings and a convenient one-stop service."
"TSES, invested jointly by SMIC and Toppan, is the first company in China to manufacture and sell color filter and micro lens array used for CIS. Its 8" production line has been put into volume production for many years. The new 12" production line will further extend SMIC and TSES's business scopes," said Mike Rekuc, executive vice president of SMIC Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "In combination with TSES's color filter and micro lens array technologies transferred from Toppan, and SMIC's matured front-end CIS process technologies and services, we are committed to build the most suitable supply chain in meeting customers' and markets' demands."