Samsung joins semiconductor partnership


Samsung joins semiconductor partnership

Samsung has entered into a technology development partnership with IBM to develop new ways of building processors to power its next generation of electronic devices.

The electronics manufacturer joins Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Infineon Technologies in partnering with IBM to develop techniques for making components using 65 nanometer and 45 nanometer CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) process technology.

Processors built using this technology will have much smaller components than the 90-nanometer process chips that are just starting to emerge from chipmakers today.

The development work will the carried out at IBM's 300mm Advanced Semiconductor Technology Centre.

Samsung has also licensed the rights to use IBM's 90-nanometer technology, which it will use in products such as high-definition televisions, DVD players and mobile devices.

Infineon entered into its joint development agreement up with Chartered and IBM last August, after dropping a research and development partnership with Singapore's United Microelectronics (UMC). At the time, UMC said that it would continue to develop its own 65 nanometer process technology on its own.

Samsung is paying IBM an undisclosed amount of money in exchange for access to IBM's technology.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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