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Xilinx inks 65nm agreements with UMC, Toshiba

Posted: 06 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable logic? Xilinx? Toshiba? United Microelectronics? UMC?

Programmable logic supplier Xilinx Inc. announced yesterday the extension of foundry relationships with Toshiba Corp. and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) to include 65nm technology.

Work with Toshiba has already resulted in successful production of 65nm FPGA prototype wafers, including actual programmable logic circuitries, according to Xilinx. Xilinx signed on with Toshiba for 90nm production services last October, and Xilinx flagship 9nm Virtex-4 platform FPGAs are produced in volume at Toshiba's 300mm fab in Kyushu, Japan.

"We're forging ahead at 65nm with confidence, bolstered by the fact that Toshiba is an industry leader in 65nm technologies for digital consumer markets, and in research and development at 45nm and below," said Wim Roelandts, Xilinx chairman, president and CEO, in a statement.

UMC has been Xilinx' primary foundry partner for more than 10 years. The companies said Monday that they are in the early stages of process definition for future development of 45nm FPGAs. Xilinx said it would also consider continuing to collaborate with Toshiba at 45nm.

According to Xilinx, early investment in 90nm technology development by both Xilinx and UMC led to delivery of the world's first 90nm FPGA product line in 2003.

"Together, UMC and Xilinx have been pioneers across multiple process generationsand we look forward to extending that leadership to 65nm and beyond," Roelandts said.

"Our mutual success at 90nm is the latest chapter in a long history of cooperation," said Jackson Hu, CEO of UMC.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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