Mark LaPedus, EE Times(09/24/2008 7:42 PM EDT) SANTA CLARA, Calif.
-- Seeking to take the lead in the foundry market, Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. has revealed its new roadmap, including plans to develop and offer a 28-nm process possibly by next year.
The disclosure reveals what IBM Corp.'s ''fab club'' has up its sleeves in terms of future process technology. Chartered is one of several members within IBM's common platform alliance.
Chartered has publicly announced a 45-nm process, which is being offered in the market right now. Now, in a bold move to leapfrog its rivals from Taiwan, the Singaporean foundry provider is also quietly developing a yet-to-be-announced, 40-nm ''half node'' process, dubbed 40G.
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