In a joint announcement the companies said they would develop new processes, aimed at improving microprocessor performance and reducing power consumption, using "advanced structures and materials such as high-speed silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors, copper interconnects and improved "low-k dielectric" insulation".
They have had an agreement before -- and there's nothing to stop them continuing that previous agreement. See what was written at another place, here.
Bill Siegle, chief scientist at AMD a senior veep said AMD was set to commence 90nm production in the fourth quarter of this year but would now, expand process-technology development efforts for the next generation of processors targeted at 65nm and below. "By collaborating with an industry leader like IBM, AMD can deliver industry-leading performance and functionality for our customers while reducing the rapidly escalating cost of technology development," he said in the statement.
The pair will use the jointly-developed technologies to manufacture products in their own chip fabs and in conjunction with "selected manufacturing partners". The companies said they expect first products based on the new 65nm technologies to appear in 2005.
For IBM, Bijan Davari, IBM Fellow and a Microelectronics veep said the company's work with AMD would be "all about speeding our joint technologies into products, and helping reduce the time-to-market for customers."
AMD and IBM engineers will begin working together at IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Centre in IBM's East Fishkill, N.Y. facility before the end of this month, the companies announced.
Basically, IBM Electronics has got plenty of capacity and top technology -- AMD needs capacity, and if the price is right, well... µ
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