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Buzz: Xilinx taps Samsung for 40nm production

Posted: 10 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:40nm production? Xilinx fab business? FPGA?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd's foundry business has reportedly bagged the 40nm business of fabless FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. according to financial management company Robert W Baird & Co.

Traditionally the two FPGA rivals, Altera Corp. and Xilinx, use different foundries. Altera has been with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. SMC and has been pushing to get on to TSMC's 40nm process with its Stratix IV FPGAs. Xilinx has worked with rival foundry United Microelectronics Corp.

In May of this year, UMC was expected to ship its initial 45-/40nm wafers by year's end. Xilinx's other foundry partner, Toshiba Corp., claimed to be in 45nm logic production.

However, a jump to Samsung could indicate that 40nm volume is expected to come quicker from Samsung or that Samsung is dealing aggressively on price to fill its fabs. Samsung is part of the Common Platform Alliance which sees three foundries IBM, Samsung and Chartered Semiconductor working on a common CMOS baseline process technology.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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