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