Semiconductor allies pal up again

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have created a new five-year technology alliance to bring new semiconductor solutions more quickly to market.

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have created a new five-year technology alliance to bring new semiconductor solutions more quickly to market.

The companies had already been working together for five years on 90- and 65-nanometre processors, and they are now extending this to processor technology in the 32-nanometre area and beyond.

Masashi Muromachi, Toshiba semiconductor chief executive officer, said, “With Toshiba’s process technology and manufacturing capabilities, Sony’s various semiconductor technologies and deep knowledge of consumer markets, and IBM’s state-of-the-art material technology, we anticipate breakthrough process technologies for the 32-nanometre generation and beyond.”

A nanometre is one billionth of a metre and is used by the semiconductor industry to describe the wavelength of light.

The solutions developed by the companies will be aimed at both the consumer and business markets.

Research and development will take place at various IBM facilities in the US.

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