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Technology companies form alliance for 32nm chips

Several giants of the technology industry have come together in an alliance to develop chips based on the 32nm process.

Several giants of the technology industry have come together in an alliance to develop chips based on the 32nm process.

An excerpt from BBC:

More transistors on a chip equals more processing power, but the development process is highly expensive. Analyst Malcolm Penn of Future Horizons said the alliance was an example of "pre-competitive collaboration."

Mr Penn said: "The industry needs a huge amount of money to reinvent itself every two years." He likened the cost of building a new chip factory to buying a fleet of more than 12 A380 Super Jumbos.

The alliance includes AMD, Samsung Electronics, Infineon Technologies AG, Freescale Semiconductor, and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing.

New developments to further the progress of processor chips takes huge amounts of investment. Also, Intel is not part of the alliance.

More information:

Tech giants join on 32-nm chip R&D (PC World)

Toshiba joins IBM alliance for 32 nm bulk process development (Semiconductor)

Toshiba, IBM, AMD team up on chip development (Tech)

4 comments
rjones22-19634214783609195994806765158766
rjones22-19634214783609195994806765158766

So why do you think Intel stayed away from the alliance? conspiracy theorists, lets hear ya, haha.

OO_Dragon
OO_Dragon

I would imagine it would save intel money if they were part of the alliance, and in the long run I think an alliance of many companys would be able to surpass Intel! Who know's maybe they will join later when they start to fall behind.

JCitizen
JCitizen

Intel has the big money to make investments like this. I just hope AMD isn't a day late and a dollar short. I say competition is good!