Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Tuesday it had expanded the scope of a
chip-technology partnership with IBM Corp. to include exploratory
research into a range of advanced chip-related technologies through
The announcement confirms earlier speculation that AMD and IBM planned
to extend their technology partnership agreement, set to expire in
2008, for a further three years.
Under the terms of the expanded agreement, AMD and IBM will collaborate
on the development of new transistor, interconnect, lithography and
die-to-package connection technologies. The development efforts are
focused on future manufacturing processes based on 32-nanometer and
22-nanometer process technologies.
The number used to define a process technology refers to the smallest
feature size that can be created on a chip. Currently, the most
advanced production lines used for commercial purposes are equipped
with 65-nanometer process technology.
AMD is expected to use the 32-nanometer and 22-nanometer processes to
manufacture chips late in this decade and beyond, the company said in a
statement. Working with IBM on exploratory research aimed at these
production processes will allow AMD to identify technological
challenges and to find solutions sooner, it said. Financial terms of
the agreement were not disclosed.
Research and development conducted by the two partners will take place
at three locations: IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights,
New York; the Center for Semiconductor Research at Albany Nanotech in
Albany, New York; and IBM’s 300-millimeter chip plant in East Fishkill,
By Sumner Lemon – IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)