KEY ASIC AND SHANGHAI HUALI MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION SIGNED JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT

(Petaling Jaya, 3 April 2017) Key ASIC Berhad (Stock Code: 0143) announced today that it has signed a Joint Marketing Agreement (JMA) with Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC) to jointly develop a total solution offering ranging from IP development, ASIC design services, wafer production, test development and packaging to fabless ASIC/SoC and system design companies. Key ASIC shall be an IP and ASIC design partner to HLMC and HLMC shall be a foundry partner for Key ASIC.

HLMC is the first fully automated 300mm (12 inch) wafer fabrication foundry in mainland China. Located in Shanghai, it has offices in Japan, Taiwan and United States. Its process technologies are capable of logic and FLASH based design and it has CMOS process technology nodes of 55nm, 40nm and 28nm. Its monthly wafer production capacity is about 35,000 wafers per month. The product mix includes RF, Low Power, Ultra Low Power, High Voltage and embedded FLASH technologies which are ideal for mobile Internet of Things (IOT) market such as healthcare wearable devices, smart homes, automotive and industry 4.0 systems.

Both companies also agreed to focus on providing complete solutions to customers in Japan and expand to other countries as there are limited foundry capability and capacity that has process technology beyond 65nm for the SoC designs. Japan has the largest pool of Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDM) that design, components, test and packaging of the chips and it also has the largest pool of electronic system companies that consume the chips produced.

Key ASIC is one of the very few design companies that has a very complete suite of IP blocks for SoC design ranging from harden CPU cores, ADC/DAC, Memory blocks and high speed interfaces such as USB2.0, USB3.0, PCI-e1.1, PCI-e 2.0, SD2 and SD3 whilst HLMC is one of the few foundries that has the latest process technologies. The partnership in providing a total solution strengthens the position of both companies in the market.
The joint marketing activities include joint call to customers, joint technology forums, design consultation, customer referral and joint development of one stop service solution from IP development, SoC design services and chip production.

“This partnership will enhance our marketing capability not only in Japan, but also in the China market. Our IP and design service capabilities will help to score more design wins in the advance process technologies space with HLMC. This will us to accelerate our penetration to both of these markets,” commented Eg Kah Yee, CEO of Key ASIC Berhad. “Their focus on HV, RF and Ultra Low Power process technologies is ideal for our IOT strategy,” Eg added.

About the Companies:

Key ASIC Berhad (Stock Code: 0143) is a public listed company on Mainboard of Bursa Malaysia. It specializes design and manufacturing of IOT chips and system, connecting any electronics and non-electronic items to the Internet. Kcard, Kdrive, Mcard and Mdrive are the IOT products currently shipping in the market. It also offers turnkey ASIC design service and SoC design and manufacturing. Its customers are largely in the US, Russia and Asia. It has offices in Malaysia and Taiwan.

About HLMC

Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC) is the first 300mm fully automated Integrated Circuit (IC) fabrication foundry in mainland China that has technology nodes of 55-40-28nm, with maximum capacity of 35,000 wafers per month. Its current product focus are low power, high performance, RF, high voltage, image sensors and embedded memory.