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Sony says 'sayonara' to 45nm chip dev't alliance

Posted: 11 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sony Corp. will not continue its chip development alliance with NEC Electronics Corp. and Toshiba Corp., according to a Reuters report.

In February 2006, Sony, NEC and Toshiba announced plans to develop advanced chips at 45nm, to share massive development costs and increase the pool of expertise for the project. In December, they announced that they have developed technologies for volume production of the advanced chips. But Toshiba and NEC Electronics, plan to sign a new contract to develop energy-saving and other technologies to improve the next-generation chips, according to a report from the Kyodo news agency.

The Reuters report cited a Sony spokesman, who said that any development efforts in the next stage would have more to do with actual production than the initial phase, and the company is considering contracting out production of 45nm chips.

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