IBM and Samsung are extending their alliance to include Samsung's participation in R&D in semiconductor technology for such applications as mobile devices and other consumer products.
Researchers from Samsung Electronics are joining those from IBM
and other partners in developing new semiconductor technology for a wide range
of applications, from mobile computing through other high-performance
which has partnered with IBM in the past on
semiconductor work, will now be part of the IBM-led
Semiconductor Research Alliance, a group of vendors working together in R&D
on process innovation.
move, announced Jan. 12, will mark the first time that scientists from Samsung
will work with colleagues from IBM and the
other vendors at the Albany Nanotech Complex, in Albany,
N.Y., according to IBM.
At the facility, researchers look into new materials and transistor structures,
interconnect technologies, and packaging solutions for technology nodes.
innovation will be critical if the semiconductor industry is to continue
driving new forms of consumer electronics and new methods of computing,"
Michael Cadigan, general manager of IBM
Microelectronics, said in a statement. "That's why we're excited to have
Samsung scientists working with us at the most fundamental stages of the
with IBM and Samsung, other members of the
Semiconductor Research Alliance include Infineon Technologies, Freescale, GlobalFoundries,
Renesas Electronics, ST Microelectronics and Toshiba.
are pleased to have our top-level scientists involved with the cutting-edge
research that's taking place at the Albany Nanotech Center," E.S. Jung, senior
vice president of technology development at Samsung's System LSI
Division, said in a statement. "This should further enhance our joint efforts
to continue technology leadership well into the future."
continued shrinking of technology and devices is putting greater demand on
semiconductor companies to drive innovation to make their offerings smaller
while improving performance and energy efficiency. Fueling that demand is the
rise of such devices as smartphones and tablet PCs, as well as the growing
embedded market. According to IBM, through
such innovation, consumers will see devices that are smarter, continuously
connected to the Internet and other devices, and increasingly mobile.
officials also pointed to various trends that are rapidly gaining steam,
including the mobile Web and cloud computing, as well as the demand from users
for greater performance and reliability, as well as enhanced energy efficiency.
Semiconductor Research Alliance is a way for the companies to spread the high
costs of such research and development. The group in April 2009 had announced
their joint development of 28nm,
HKMG (high-k metal gate) semiconductor technology
aimed at mobile and
consumer electronics applications.
agreement signed by IBM and Samsung also
renews the joint process development agreement between the two companies to
create multiple nodes starting at 20 nanometers. The goal of that agreement is
to create technologies for foundries to enable them to create high-performance,
energy-efficient chips at 20nm and smaller.
Solutions for 20nm and smaller will be on display at the Common Platform
Technology forum Jan. 18 in Santa Clara, Calif. Common Platform is a foundry
model created by IBM, Samsung and GlobalFoundries.
More details about the forum can be found at Common