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IBM not interested in joining Crolles2

Posted: 25 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IBM? Freescale? Crolles2? STMicroelectronics? TSMC?

IBM Corp. said Tuesday that it has no interest in joining the Crolles2 Alliance, which could be a major blow for the technology R&D partnership.

Crolles2 is a high-profile alliance created in 2000 in Crolles, France, by STMicroelectronics Inc. and Philips Semiconductors (now NXP). Two years later, Freescale joined to collaborate on the research, development and industrialization of CMOS process technologies, beginning at 90nm and ultimately attaining the 32nm node. Also that year, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC) joined as an associate partner.

Last week, however, the alliance began to unravel when NXP disclosed that it would not extend its participation beyond the term expiring at the end of 2007. Instead, NXP has decided to expand its ties with longtime foundry partner TSMC.

Now, Freescale is joining the IBM technology alliance, raising questions about Freescale's involvement in Crolles2.

Sources said that IBM is reportedly interested in joining Crolles2, which, in turn, could save the alliance in terms of funding the project. But IBM is not interested in joining Crolles2, said Lisa Su, vice president of semiconductor research and development at IBM. ''There was some speculation a few weeks ago,'' Su said. ''We have no plans [to join the Crolles2 Allaince],'' Su said.

The other partners in Crolles2, STMicroelectronics Inc. and TSMC, insist they will continue to remain with Crolles2.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times




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