IBM, Toshiba Up Partnership On Next-Generation Chips - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure

IBM, Toshiba Up Partnership On Next-Generation Chips

The companies have been working on technologies related to chips that would be built using a 32-nanometer manufacturing process.

IBM and Toshiba on Tuesday said they've expanded their joint development agreement to include work on integrated circuits for next-generation microprocessors.

The companies have been working together on various technologies related to chips that would be built using a 32-nanometer manufacturing process. Those chips, which won't be released until the 2009-2010 time frame, are expected to be more powerful than even the 45-nm chips just hitting the market today. The 32-nm chips would consume about the same amount of electricity.

In the latest deal, Toshiba has agreed to join a six-company IBM alliance working on 32-nm bulk complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process technology. CMOS is a major class of integrated circuits used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, memory, and other areas. The alliance works out of IBM's research facilities in Yorktown and Albany, N.Y.

"This is a promising collaboration," Shozo Saito, president and CEO of Toshiba's semiconductor company, said of the partnership. Besides the work with IBM, Toshiba also plans to continue with its own research in 32-nm production, Saito said in a statement.

The IBM alliance last week announced that it had developed a heat-resistant manufacturing process that makes it possible to develop 32-nm chips without dramatic modifications in current chip fabrication plants. Keeping current manufacturing steps the same is important to avoid the huge costs associated with changing the process.

IBM's partners include Advanced Micro Devices, a major rival to the world's largest chipmaker, Intel. The latter company also is developing 32-nm chips that it plans to deliver in the same time frame as the alliance.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll