Leading-Edge Semiconductor Process Technology Is Enabling Smaller, Faster, More Power-Efficient Wireless Devices SAN DIEGO -- Nov. 13, 2007
-- Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced it has made the first call on a 3G chip manufactured with 45 nanometer (nm) process technology. The next generation of CMOS semiconductor manufacturing, 45 nm technology enables chips that feature higher speeds, lower power consumption and enhanced integration with reduced die cost by providing more die per wafer. Qualcomm’s test call was made on the first 45nm chips received from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM), the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry.
“Thanks to our close strategic foundry partner relationships, Qualcomm is able to leverage leading-edge semiconductor process technology to advance wireless communications," said Steve Mollenkopf, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This milestone call demonstrates our progress toward bringing to market a new generation of chips that will provide users with unprecedented performance and capabilities.”
“First time silicon success of Qualcomm’s 3G product using TSMC’s 45nm process is a testament to the integrated foundry model that calls for end-to-end collaboration. The concurrent design and technology collaboration between the two companies has resulted in faster time to market,” said Mark Liu, senior vice president of Operations II at TSMC. “The confluence of Qualcomm’s excellent designs and TSMC’s robust technologies and manufacturing will continue to assure future silicon success.”
Qualcomm recently taped out on its low-power-optimized 45 nm process using advanced immersion lithography and extreme low-k inter-metal dielectric material. This process technology provides competitive performance as well as significant cost efficiency, decreased leakage and increased integration. The Company is also developing 40 nm process technology, which should deliver even greater benefits in semiconductor performance, cost and efficiency.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com
) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2007 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.