This is not a project to co-develop a 32 nanometre manufacturing process, but rather a project of simulating chips in upcoming manufacturing processes, such as 32nm, 22nm and beyond. This is key time in development of manufacturing processes, and it is obvious that both companies are hoping that this coop will lead to easier rollout of actual physical manufacturing.
Under the name SIMKON, AMD, Qimonda and nine German universities will work on simulation how will materials and chip designs work when manufactured in upcoming processing technologies.
Project will be based in Germany, between AMD and Qimonda facilities, and since universities are involved, you can easily conclude that this could be a very good breeding program for new generation of scientists and engineers.
If you're wondering how much will this venture cost both companies, here's the kicker: cost of the project is calculated at 12 million Euro, and this will be covered by Ministry of Research and Education - as part of developing and keeping young and talented German scientists at the bleeding edge of processing technology. µ
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