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Chartered to supply CPU products for Microsoft's Xbox 360

Posted: 26 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Chartered Semiconductor? Microsoft? CPU? 65nm? Silicon-on-Insulator?

Chartered Semiconductor Mfg has signed an agreement with Microsoft for the manufacturing of CPU productsusing 65nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) semiconductor technologyfor Microsoft's Xbox 360 game consoles. Production is expected to begin in Q1 2007.

"We are excited to expand our manufacturing relationship with Microsoft and leverage the innovative 65nm SOI technology made available to us through our agreement with IBM," said Kay Chai Ang, senior vice president of fab operations at Chartered, in a statement. "This is both a recognition of Chartered's 300mm manufacturing excellence and increasing customer confidence in our ability to enable cutting-edge technologies as products transition to 65nm. By working closely with IBM to enable manufacturing compatibility and dual-sourcing capability, our goal is to continue to be a reliable manufacturing source to Microsoft."

Larry Yang, general manager of Xbox console development at Microsoft, commented, "Chartered's ability to demonstrate the manufacturability of IBM's advanced SOI technology in Fab 7 was key to our selection. We plan to continue with our strategy of dual sourcing from Chartered and IBM's fabs, which are operationally aligned and compatible, to give us the consistent product quality and flexibility we will need."

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