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Freescale joins IBM tech alliance

Posted: 25 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? IBM? alliance? semiconductor research? CMOS?

Freescale Semiconductor announced that it will join IBM's technology alliance for joint semiconductor research and development. The agreement includes CMOS and silicon-on-insulator technologies as well as advanced semiconductor research and design enablement transitioning at the 45nm generation. Freescale is the first technology development partner in the IBM technology alliance to participate in both low-power and high-performance technology research and development.

According to the press release, the alliance will enable Freescale to further strengthen its manufacturing strategy. In addition to leveraging owned capacity in internal fabs and its existing relationships with leading foundry manufacturers, Freescale will have access to the combined manufacturing capacity of IBM's Common Platform partners.

"Freescale's addition to the IBM technology alliance is a significant vote of confidence for IBM's collaborative model and the work we are doing jointly with our technology partners," said Lisa Su, vice president, semiconductor research and development at IBM. "Freescale will be a valuable addition to our team, with its deep expertise in semiconductor process development and fast growing embedded applications, like automotive, networking and wireless."

The Common Platform provides its semiconductor fabrication partners with synchronized manufacturing processes to help ensure the maximum flexibility and lowest development investment for multi-source, high volume manufacturing.

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