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UMC-IBM Join Hands On 20nm CMOS Process
 
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UMC-IBM Join Hands On 20nm CMOS Process  
 
FinFET 3D transistors will be offered as low-power technology enhancement option for mobile computing.    
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Saturday, June 30, 2012 United Microelectronics Corporation announced that it has licensed IBM technology to expedite the development of the foundry's next generation 20nm CMOS process with FinFET 3D transistors. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will license its 20nm process design kit and FinFET technology to UMC so the foundry can use these technologies in order to accelerate the availability of these processes for UMC customers.

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IC Chen, vice president, Advanced Technology Development, UMC, said, “We are happy to engage with a recognised technology leader such as IBM for this technology advancement effort. UMC's position as a world-leading foundry involves timely introduction of leading-edge processes to enable next generation customer chip designs. Leveraging IBM's technology expertise to shorten our 20nm and FinFET R&D cycle will create a win-win situation for UMC and our customers.”

This agreement between UMC and IBM is only inclusive of IBM's 20nm CMOS and FinFET. UMC's internally developed 20nm planar process will be aligned to IBM's design rules and process/device targets, while UMC's FinFET will be offered as a low-power technology enhancement option for mobile computing and communication products. Implementation will take place at the company's Tainan, Taiwan R&D site.

Priyanka swami, EFYTIMES News Network


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