29 Jun '12, 7pm

UMC licenses IBM technology for 20-nm FinFETs - EE Times #ibm #ibmpartner

SAN FRANCISCO—Taiwanese chip foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) has licensed technology from IBM Corp. to expedite the development of its 20-nm CMOS process, including FinFET 3-D transistors, the company said Friday (June 29). Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will license its 20-nm process design kit and FinFET technology to UMC so the foundry can accelerate the availability of these processes for UMC customers, UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said. UMC is not joining the Common Process Platform—the IBM-led process technology alliance that includes Globalfoundries Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.—as the result of the license deal, a UMC spokesman said. The agreement covers only 20-nm and FinFET technologies, the spokesman said. Though he declined to disclose the specific cost of the license deal, the spokesman described the terms as "reasonable and insignificant t...

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