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IBM, Chartered extend foundry pact to 45nm node

Posted: 26 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:chartered semiconductor? cmos? 45nm? 90nm? 65nm?

IBM Corp. and Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing have signed an extension to an existing technology agreement, expanding their joint development efforts to 45nm bulk CMOS process technology, the companies said Monday (Jan. 24).

The 45nm alliance builds on a multi-year agreement that the two companies signed in November 2002 to develop 90nm and 65nm logic processes for 300mm silicon wafers.

The latest agreement extends the development relationship through June 2008. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

As with the previous nodes, the development activities are set to be conducted at the IBM East Fishkill facility. Each company is then able to implement the copy-exact processes in its own manufacturing facilities, providing customers with a multi-source foundry option.

"The original agreement between IBM and Chartered provides a broad foundry base for leading-edge technologies to help customers improve their time to market, reduce costs and increase their overall competitiveness," said Douglas Grose, general manager of technology development and manufacturing at IBM, in a statement. "The extension of the joint development to 45-nm reflects the confidence we have in Chartered's expertise as evidenced in the current development program and readiness of Fab 7 to support our mutual customers."

"We are confident that the combined depth of technical expertise and the proven business model the IBM-Chartered relationship offers will translate into an even more attractive long-term solution for many customers," said Shi-Chung Sun, senior vice president of technology development at Chartered. "Under the original agreement, IBM and Chartered have demonstrated the benefits that customers can derive from the technology and the collaborative business model. We are now poised to scale the relationship to the cutting edge of technology development."

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies





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