Infineon Technologies says its plans to outsource memory-chip production to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) will not be affected by a similar agreement between the Shanghai-based foundry and Japan's Elpida Memory. Infineon spokesman Ralph Heinrich dismissed speculation that the deal might alter its agreement with SMIC after Elpida signed on with the foundry. On Monday, SMIC announced a five-year agreement with Elipda to produce stacked-capacitor dynamic random access memory for the Japanese firm using 0.13-micron processing technology. A news report in Taiwan yesterday suggested that SMIC's agreement with Elipda might affect its deal with Infineon. 'SMIC is a foundry. It can choose whoever it wants to partner with,' Mr Heinrich said. Under an agreement signed last month, Infineon will transfer its 0.14-micron processing technology to SMIC with an option for the future transfer of 0.11-micron technology. Mr Heinrich said SMIC would only use the technology to produce products for Infineon.