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Infineon, Chartered expand foundry ties

Posted: 21 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Amid a major shakeup in its organization, Germany's Infineon Technologies AG on Thursday (Nov. 17) announced plans to expand its silicon foundry relationship with Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.

Under the plan, Infineon will have Chartered manufacture select 65nm chip designs. More specifically, Chartered will make Infineon's low-power, cellular-phone chip products, with initial prototypes expected in the first quarter of 2006 and production slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2006.

This builds on the joint 65nm technology development efforts between IBM, Infineon, Chartered and Samsung, which has been announced in steps over the past few years.

During the next few months, employees from Infineon in Europe and the U.S. will ensure the seamless integration of the process technology into Chartered's 300mm plant, dubbed Fab 7. More than 200 engineers from the four participating joint development companies continue to work together on the development of next-generation technologies, including 45nm processes in IBMs fab in East Fishkill, N.Y.

"Infineon has decided to have the 65nm technology, developed together with Chartered, IBM and Samsung, produced by Chartered in order to further expand its leading position in customized products while achieving profitable growth," said Wolfgang Ziebart, president and CEO of Infineon (Munch), in a statement.

Also on Thursday, Infineon confirmed that it will spin out its memory business by July 2006 and will then look to an initial public offering of stock. It will then focus on its logic division, continuing to target the automotive, industrial electronics and communications sectors.

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times




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