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IBM, Samsung announce joint semiconductor tech research

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Common Platform Technology? semiconductor technology?

IBM and Samsung have just announced that they will collaborate on basic research into new semiconductor materials, manufacturing processes and other technologies. This means both companies shall jointly develop a new semiconductor process technology that can be used in a broad range of applications, from smartphone handsets to communications infrastructure.

Samsung researchers shall join IBM scientists in the Semiconductor Research Alliance at the Albany Nanotech Complex, Albany, N.Y., where researchers will investigate new materials and transistor structures, as well as innovative interconnect and packaging solutions for next-generation technology nodes.

For consumers, a new generation of devices -- smarter, connected and more mobile ? would require essential semiconductor breakthroughs to keep pace with technology trends (i.e. the mobile web, cloud computing,) and users' loftier expectations around performance and reliability.

The agreement also renews IBM and Samsung's joint process development agreement (JDA) to multiple nodes starting at 20nm. IBM and Samsung plan to develop advanced technologies for foundry customers, enabling high-performance, energy-efficient chips at 20nm and beyond. To further enhance the JDA, Samsung�s Semiconductor R&D center will also participate in development contribution.

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