Feeds

IBM's charming smile attracts Hitachi to 32nm research pact

Let's get small together

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

When it comes to semiconductors, IBM is the friendliest vendor in town.

The hardware maker has announced a deal with Hitachi to share costs and expertise around researching techniques for manufacturing very small chips. The agreement marks the first time IBM and Hitachi have teamed up on semiconductors work. IBM, however, has similar partnerships in place with AMD, Chartered, Infineon, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Freescale, STMicroelectronics and any other company not named Intel.

Specifically, IBM and Hitachi will tackle 32nm production techniques over a two-year period.

As the vendors tell it, most of the shared magic will take place at IBM's Watson Research Center and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which are both located in New York.

The researchers "will use new methods that include the latest technologies to analyze semiconductor devices and structures in order to improve the characterization and measurement of transistor variation - as well as to develop a better understanding of device physics."

Intel has already moved to 45nm, and the rest of the chip world is following. The 32nm gear should start trickling out in 2009 and then become more available in 2010.

It looks as if Intel will be battling just about the entire world at 32nm. Semiconductor manufactures have partnered in various ways to try and offset both rising fabrication costs and Intel's muscle in the chip game. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs
Thus doth tech of future illuminate present, etc
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.