Manufacturing leaders to provide 90-nanometer multi-sourcing flexibility and expanded ecosystem of third-party support EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. and SINGAPORE, March 24, 2004
-- IBM and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT and SGX-ST: Chartered) today announced plans to form the industry's first cross-foundry design enablement program to support leading-edge chip development with their jointly developed process platform, starting at the 90-nanometer (nm) technology node.
This effort, which builds on the existing joint technology and manufacturing agreement between the two companies, sets a new standard for foundry compatibility, design portability and flexible sourcing across multiple suppliers of leading-edge production capacity. The program is expected to reduce the risks and costs customers typically encounter when designing chips targeted for manufacturing with advanced nanometer-scale technologies.
IBM and Chartered have already begun collaborating to expand the ecosystem of design technology and service providers with offerings pre-qualified for the IBM-Chartered 90nm silicon process platform. The first key milestone is shared library support with the leading suppliers of baseline libraries announced today by Artisan Components, Inc. and Virage Logic Corporation (see separate press releases). Building on Joint Process Platform
Chartered and IBM continue to execute and expand upon their joint technology agreement focused on development of a common process platform, starting at 90nm. This baseline logic process establishes a new benchmark for 90nm process manufacturing and features a matched-process strategy between IBM's and Chartered's 300-millimeter (mm) fabs to provide foundry customers with multi-sourcing flexibility. These efforts have been augmented by a separate technology sourcing agreement between Chartered and IBM for selected 90nm IBM silicon-on-insulator (SOI) products.
Today's announcement takes foundry compatibility and manufacturing flexibility for the IBM-Chartered common process platform to new levels. IBM and Chartered are combining their respective expertise into a single design enablement program starting at 90nm. Joint efforts will focus on providing an ecosystem of design enablement third-party support that encompasses the full spectrum of capabilities required for custom circuit design and system-on-chip development. In addition to common library support, the roadmap consists of initiatives spanning from electronic design automation (EDA) technology files to system-level intellectual property (IP), including joint qualification of reference design flows and third-party design services.
"We have the most advanced and production-worthy common 90nm process available today. The next step is to help our customers rapidly design and implement new products based on the technology," said Bernie Meyerson, vice president and chief technologist, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "This extension of our collaboration with Chartered can help rapidly strengthen and expand support for our common process platform. This joint approach offers huge time savings and resource leverage throughout the entire supply chain, and is a major win for chip designers."
"This effort really combines the best of our respective third-party support programs to deliver for the first time a common ecosystem and truly interoperable foundry model," said Mike Rekuc, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Chartered. "We believe it will significantly increase the pool of available IP and design solutions for 90nm and beyond, and make the IBM-Chartered process platform the smart choice for leading-edge chip production. The net effect for foundry customers is a much more flexible, reliable way to gain access to leading-edge manufacturing capacity from multiple sources." About IBM
IBM is a recognized innovator in the semiconductor industry, having been first with advances like more power-efficient copper wiring in place of aluminum and faster SOI and silicon germanium transistors. These and other innovations have contributed to IBM's standing as the number one U.S. patent holder for 11 consecutive years. More information about IBM semiconductors can be found at: http://www.ibm.com/chips
. About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world's top three dedicated semiconductor foundries, is forging a customized approach to outsourced semiconductor manufacturing by building lasting and collaborative partnerships with its customers. The Company provides flexible and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for customers, enabling the convergence of communications, computing and consumer markets. In Singapore, Chartered operates five fabrication facilities and has a sixth fab, which will be developed as a 300mm facility.
A company with both global presence and perspective, Chartered is traded on both the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: CHRT) and on the Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST: CHARTERED). Chartered's 3,300 employees are based at 11 locations around the world. Information about Chartered can be found at www.charteredsemi.com
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