Tech giants team on chip future

The team of companies that developed the Cell processor is working to a new five-year plan.

The microprocessor design – destined for the PlayStation 3 and next-generation workstations – was developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba and the electronics giants have an announced a new five-year phase for joint technology development.

Having previously collaborated on SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process technologies at 90 and 65 nanometres (nm), they will now focus on 32nm development. They say the agreement ‘will help enable the three companies to more rapidly investigate, identify and commercialize new technologies for consumer and other applications’.

‘This is a winning combination,’ said Masashi Muromachi, president and CEO of Toshiba’s Semiconductor Company. ‘With Toshiba’s cutting-edge process technology and manufacturing capabilities, Sony’s various semiconductor technologies and deep knowledge of consumer markets and IBM’s state-of-the-art material technology, we can anticipate breakthrough process technologies for the 32-nanometer generation and beyond.’

The R&D will take place at IBM’s high-powered Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

For purposes of comparison, Intel’s new dual-core mobile processor, the Core Duo chip, which was unveiled this week, is built on a 65nm process, with most of its schedule featuring 90nm process technology.

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