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By Shelley Solheim  |  Posted 2004-03-23 Print this article Print

TI plans to offer three versions of its 65nm chips: a low-power, lower-speed version geared for battery-powered wireless portable devices; a midlevel version that offers more speed, for application-specific products like DSPs; and a high-speed, microprocessor-class version for Sun Microsystems Inc. servers. Silcott said multigate transistors wont be on the horizon for 65nm technologies. "Were looking at that for 45nm, or beyond," he said. "45nm is expected to have some new material, potentially metal gates. ... It will definitely be interesting."
Intel Corp., of Santa Clara, Calif., last fall demonstrated 65nm SRAM chips and announced plans to manufacture chips based on the 65nm process in 2005. IBM is also on the 65nm wagon. The Armonk, N.Y., company last summer entered into a multiyear agreement with Infineon Technologies AG and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing to speed up the process of 65nm chip development. IBM previously teamed up with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to develop 65nm and 45nm chip technologies on 300mm silicon wafers.
In a separate announcement Monday, TI unveiled its TNETW1250 technology, a new Wi-Fi chipset for cell phones, handhelds and other mobile devices. The new chipset is smaller than TIs previous Wi-Fi chipsets and offers longer battery life, according to TI. This year "is expected to be a pivotal year for Wi-Fi enabled portable devices, as more 802.11-enabled cell phones and PDAs hit the market," said Marc Cetto, general manager of TIs Mobile Connectivity Solutions, in a statement. "The TNETW1250 platform will allow manufacturers to quickly deploy new 802.11a/b/g-enabled mobile devices that are smaller and offer maximum battery life." The chipset is set to ship midyear. Check out eWEEKs Mobile & Wireless Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis.
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