CHIP GIANTS IBM and Samsung have announced that they will work together on research into semiconductor materials, manufacturing processes and other technologies.
The idea is that they will jointly develop semiconductor process technology that can be used in a broad range of applications including smartphone handsets and communications infrastructure.
Samsung researchers will join IBM scientists in the Semiconductor Research Alliance at the Albany Nanotech Complex in Albany. The researchers will investigate new materials and transistor structures, as well as interconnect and packaging solutions for next-generation technology nodes.
Samsung said it is sending its top boffins to the Albany Nanotech Centre. The companies hope that the process technology the develop will push them both ahead in mobile and high performance hardware.
Michael Cadigan, general manager of IBM Microelectronics said that the only way that new ideas will come out of this particular technology field is if the big companies team up.
Biggish Blue and Samsung already have a process development agreement for multiple nodes starting at 20nm. They now want to develop advanced technologies for foundry customers, enabling high-performance, energy-efficient chips at 20nm and beyond. µ