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Common Platform produces mobile tech for Qualcomm

Posted: 30 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Common Platform? IBM? Chartered? Samsung? Qualcomm?

Common Platform technology founding members IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced that they have successfully produced 90nm chips for Qualcomm Inc. in their respective 300mm fabs.

According to the press release, the Common Platform members have manufactured in volume leading-edge, low-power SoC products that support mobile telecommunications technologies for Qualcomm. The chips are being used in cellular phone chipsets and other devices to enable wireless communications worldwide. The Common Platform relationship with Qualcomm extends past 90nm, 65nm and beyond.

The Common Platform is a game-changing business model jointly developed by the three companies to enable synchronized manufacturing across 300mm fabrication facilities at 90nm, 65nm and 45nm process technologies. Using this new approach, a single design can be multi-sourced to any of the three facilities, making it possible to produce nearly identical chips from any one of several manufacturing facilities around the globe. Because Common Platform technology allows "multi-sourcing," clients are not tied to a single vendor, but rather have unprecedented flexibility and choice.

"As semiconductor real estate becomes more densely populated, the designs become exponentially more complex," said Dan Olds, principal, Gabriel Consulting. "The cost to redesign a chip so that it can be manufactured using a different process is considerable. The Common Platform has the potential to transform the industry by accelerating innovation and lowering costs for foundries, solution providers and customers."

The Common Platform, a commitment to collaborative innovation and openness, is gaining traction in the semiconductor industry. Essentially, the initiative signals that IBM, Chartered and Samsung have formally aligned their manufacturing facilities to create a one-team environment for maximum client value.

"Collaborative innovation means the sharing of intellectual capital as well as physical capital, of people as well as dollars," said Ana Molnar Hunter, vice president of technology for Samsung Semiconductor Inc. "Accelerated learning and yield ramps lead to cost benefits for both customers and partners. The Common Platform works because all parties benefit by getting products to market faster at reduced cost."

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