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IBM–Samsung alliance to research semiconductors for mobile devices

IBM and Samsung have joined forces to research new semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes for mobile devices and IT infrastructure.

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IBM and Samsung have joined forces to research new semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes for mobile devices and IT infrastructure.

Samsung researchers will join the semiconductor research alliance with IBM scientists based in Albany, New York. Research will investigate novel materials and transistor structures as well as interconnect and packaging options for next-generation technology nodes, said IBM and Samsung in a statement.

"A new generation of devices - smarter, connected and more mobile - will require essential semiconductor breakthroughs to keep pace with technology trends and users' loftier expectations around performance and reliability," said Michael Cadigan, general manager at IBM microelectronics.

ES Jung, senior vice-president of technology development for Samsung Electronics, added: "We are pleased to have our top-level scientists involved with the cutting-edge research that's taking place at the Albany Nanotech Centre."

The agreement also renewed IBM and Samsung's joint process development agreement (JDA) into multiple nodes starting at 20nm.

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