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Intel cutting back on polymer memory research, says partner

Posted: 09 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The world's biggest chip maker, Intel Corp., is cutting back on polymer memory research after concluding a polymer memory material studied with Opticom ASA of Olso, Norway, is not suitable for inclusion in Intel products, Opticom said Monday (Fen. 7). The disclosure came after Thin Film Electronics AB, Opticom's Swedish operating subsidiary, had been formally advised by Intel that Intel's development activities for polymer memory were being significantly scaled back in the first quarter of 2005, because of the material's unsuitability. Opticom said that a licensing agreement with Intel remains in force, but that Opticom does not expect to receive any royalty payments.

Opticom, a research organization, has worked with Intel for several years on a multi-layer non-volatile plastic memory technology but initiated a restructuring of its operating subsidiary group Thin Film Electronics (TFE) in June 2004. The move was taken after it was revealed that TFE was preparing to stop work with Intel due to technical problems and a failure to renegotiate contracts with the U.S. chip giant.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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