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Samsung's 32nm HKMG process ready to roll

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundry? high-k/metal-gate? manufacturing?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd Announced it is ready for a big push in 32nm production with high-k.

In June, Samsung reported that its foundry business had qualified a 32nm low-power process with a high-k/metal-gate technology, claiming to be the first foundry to "qualify" such high-k/metal-gate technology.

Now, the "process and designs" are ready, Kuang-Kuo Lin, director of design enablement in the foundry unit for Samsung Semiconductor Inc., the U.S. chip unit of Samsung Electronics.

Lin told EE Times that in terms of high-k/metal-gate in the foundry space, Samsung is "ahead of the pack."

Samsung is part of IBM Corp.'s fab club. Reports have it that the club is struggling with its high-k technology, but Lin denied those reports. He said that Samsung's efforts in high-k are "going pretty good," adding that the company has "a lot of interest" for the process, with foundry customers including Apple, Qualcomm and Xilinx.

The 28nm low-power process technology based on high-k/metal-gate technology is next on the roadmap, slated to be "factory-qualified" at both GlobalFoundries Inc. and Samsung in the Q1 2011.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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