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UMC licences IBM technology for 20nm FinFETs

Posted: 02 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS  20nm  FinFET 

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has licenced IBM technology to expedite the development of its 20nm CMOS process, including FinFET 3D transistors.

Under the ageement, IBM will licence its 20nm process design kit and FinFET technology to UMC so the foundry can use these technologies in order to accelerate the availability of these processes for UMC customers.

This agreement between UMC and IBM is only inclusive of IBM's 20nm CMOS and FinFET.

UMC's internally developed 20nm planar process will be aligned to IBM's design rules and process/device targets, while UMC's FinFET will be offered as a low-power technology enhancement option for mobile computing and communication products.

IC Chen, vice president, advanced technology development, UMC, said, "We are happy to engage with a recognised technology leader such as IBM for this technology advancement effort. Leveraging IBM's technology expertise to shorten our 20nm and FinFET R&D cycle will create a win-win situation for UMC and our customers."

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