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SMIC licenses IBM's 45nm process for 300mm fab

Posted: 28 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:45nm process? 300mm fab? CMOS?

China foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has licensed IBM Corp.'s 45nm bulk CMOS technology.

The process will be used for SMIC's 300mm wafer foundry service, fabricating devices in mobile, graphics and consumer applications.

This agreement complements SMIC's ongoing research and development progress, including its 65nm low-power technology, which is under customer product qualification.

SMIC did not elaborate on a timetable for 45nm production, but the company is late to market on that front. Rival foundries, Chartered, TSMC and UMC, have already announced the technology. TSMC is in early production at 45nm.

It's unclear if SMIC is devising its own 45nm process. If so, it's also unclear if the foundry provider would continue to develop that technology.

There are also concerns about the export control implications of a 45nm process in China. The companies did not elaborate on export control issues.

In the release, IBM did not say if SMIC is part of its technology alliance. The alliance consists of AMD, Samsung, Chartered, Infineon, Freescale and Toshiba. Those partners are working on 32nm technology.

- EE Times

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