Mark LaPedus, EE Times(02/20/2007 10:45 PM EST) SAN FRANCISCO
— Texas Instruments Inc. here elaborated on its IC-manufacturing strategy, saying that it will shortly announce a new strategic deal with a silicon foundry provider. TI did not identify the provider, but some sources speculated that the chip maker could form a closer partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
As reported in January, TI said that it will continue to make chips within its own logic and analog fabs. But the company has decided to drop the costly business of digital logic process development and rely on foundry partners for its processes.
TI (Dallas, Texas) said it will complete the development of its own, 45-nm logic process. Then, it has decided to stop internal development at the 45-nm node and use foundry supplied processes at 32-nm, 22-nm and thereafter.
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