The pair inked an agreemeny whereby BASF will provide research and personnel garnered from its chemical research unit in Germany. IBM said it will get its Yorktown Heights facility in New York beavering away to develop a lithography process to produce the 32nm chip.
The aim is to combine technologies from each company to develop a lithography process precise enough to allow 32nm chip production.
Intel has big expectations for its 45nm chips which should tip up later this year. Big Blue's partnership with with Toshiba, Sony and AMD, won't deliver 45nm chips until next year.
But IBM is setting its sights on a 32nm process in order to keep pace with its rival. Intel is expected to unveil its first 32nm chips in 2009. µ
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