Infineon touts first outsourced 65nm chips

February 1, 2006 – In the first achievement under its new “fab lite” business model, Infineon Technologies AG has produced sample 65nm chips, leveraging technologies developed under an alliance with IBM, Chartered, and Samsung.

Successfully sampled at both IBM in East Fishkill, NY, and Chartered in Singapore, were an ARM9 based subsystem (a component in mobile phones), a wide spectrum of digital cell libraries, and a variety of SRAM, ROM, RF, and analog/mixed-signal functions. Volume production is scheduled for 4Q06.

“Infineon decided to pursue a fast migration into 65nm technology given the optimum tradeoff between manufacturing cost triggered by mature 193nm lithography and design-to-cost efficient material innovations in 65nm low-power technology,” stated Hermann Eul, head of Infineon’s communications solutions business group. He added that the 65nm technology will provide the foundation for the group’s baseband and RF CMOS single-chip-integration efforts.

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