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SMIC Selects nProber(TM) Nanoprobing System to Accelerate Advanced Technology Development

FREMONT, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/14 -- Today DCG Systems, Inc., the leading provider of electrical characterization and fault localization solutions for the semiconductor and electronics industries, and Spirox Corporation, its exclusive sales channel in China, announced that SMIC, China's largest and most advanced foundry, has adopted the nProber™ system for comprehensive characterization of individual transistors and bit cells at the 28nm device node and beyond.

"After a thorough technical evaluation, we have determined the nProber is the right nanoprobing system to help accelerate development of our advanced technologies," stated LiLung Lai, Member of Technical Staff of SMIC Shanghai.

"We are delighted to provide China's leading foundry with a nanoprobing solution that supports their mission to strengthen their global competitiveness," said Israel Niv, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of DCG Systems. "We believe the nProber will supply the characterization data that SMIC engineers need, to locate and resolve new process issues quickly."

The nProber nanoprobing system employs a high resolution electron-beam imaging platform and eight independently positioned probes to enable a wide variety of electrical characterization techniques. The real time imaging provided by the e-beam platform allows a live view of the probes as they land, ensuring the intended area is being measured.

By purchasing the first nProber in China, SMIC joins the world's leading foundries, all of whom use nanoprobing solutions from DCG Systems. For more information about DCG's nanoprobing systems, from the entry-level sProber™ to the recently-launched nProber II™, please visit the product web page.

About DCG Systems
DCG Systems, Inc. is the industry's leading supplier of electrical fault characterization, localization and editing equipment, serving process development, yield ramp and failure analysis applications for a wide range of semiconductor and electronics manufacturers. With more than 1500 systems deployed worldwide, DCG Systems serves customers worldwide from its headquarters in Fremont, California and field offices in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and Germany. For more information about DCG Systems, visit

About SMIC
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 0.35-micron to 40-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai, a 300mm mega-fab in Beijing, a 200mm fab in Tianjin, and a 200mm fab project under development in Shenzhen. SMIC also has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong, visit

About Spirox
Spirox Corporation, the exclusive sales channel for DCG Systems, Inc. in China, is a leader in providing advanced solutions from IC design and fabrication through assembly and test for the semiconductor and TFT-LCD high-tech industries in Greater China. The company offers total turn-key processes by integrating professional distribution and value-added solutions with Spirox's own services.

Spirox was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Taiwan. The company also has operations in the USA, China, Singapore and Hong Kong with advanced technical centers in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Shanghai, PRC. For more information, visit the Spirox Web site at

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