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ST confirms continuation of tech development at Crolles

Posted: 18 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  NXP  Freescale  R&D  CMOS 

STMicroelectronics (ST) has restated its strong commitment to technology alliances and confirms the continuation of its technology development at Crolles, following the announcement of the withdrawal, at the end of 2007, of NXP Semiconductors from the Crolles2 Alliance.

The Crolles2 partners will work together to complete the program on 45nm CMOS and effectively manage the transition throughout 2007.

The company said it strongly believes that the shared R&D business model, exemplified by the Crolles2, contributes to the fast acceleration of semiconductor process technology development. ST is pursuing an expansion of its portfolio of alliances and is now in discussions with major semiconductor companies to continue and reinforce technology cooperation in Crolles, as of 2008.

The Crolles2 was formed in 2000 and renewed in 2002 when Freescale (then Motorola) joined the existing alliance of ST and NXP (then Philips Semiconductors) to create and manufacture future- generation technologies and SoC solutions more quickly and more cost-effectively. The alliance consolidates the work in semiconductor research and process and library development with the mission to develop advanced processes.

In 2002, the partners of the Crolles2 also signed a joint development program with TSMC for process technology alignment. Additionally, in 2004, the partners of the alliance signed the Nanotec-300 research program with CEA-LETI for development of the 45- and 32nm process technology nodes, further extending the partnership.

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