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Common Platform alliance partners start 32nm HKMG shuttles in 3Q08

14 April 2008 | By Obi Oputa | News > Wafer Processing

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IBMIBM has said that its Common Platform alliance partners, Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung, will start offering prototype shuttle services for a partner-developed 32nm high-k/metal gate (HKMG) process in the third quarter of 2008.  The low-power 32nm process technology will also be available with compatible ground rules for extendibility to the 28nm node. Work carried out at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech Complex indicates that this process can be extended to 22nm.

“The semiconductor marketplace remains one of the most competitive in the world. Early market introduction combined with strong product differentiation is critical to success,” said Dirk Wrister, Director of Process Technology at Freescale. "This early design and modeling work indicates that the high-k/metal gate technology is going to deliver a significant product and performance differentiation. These early results are a significant step in the demonstration of high-k/metal gate viability in 32nm technology."

IBM said that the 32nm prototype shuttle service will operate on a quarterly basis from the third quarter of 2008 onwards.

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