AUSTIN, Texas Samsung Electronics Corp., the world's second-largest semiconductor vendor, will announce soon that it has joined International Sematech as a full research member, several sources said.
Samsung’s expected addition will restore the group's membership roll to nine companies, including Advanced Micro Devices, Freescale Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Philips and Texas Instruments.
A Samsung engineer said the announcement was expected “very soon, as soon as details are ironed out.” The membership agreement is expected to be disclosed in South Korea, as early as Thursday (Sept. 29).
Samsung’s decision to join Sematech follows Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC) decision in August to end its participation in International Sematech.
In early 2003, both STMicroelectronics and Hynix Semiconductor left Sematech. Since then, both New York state and Texas have invested in Sematech programs in Albany, N.Y., and at the Austin headquarters. The consortium, founded in 1988, has about 600 employees and an annual budget of about $160 million.
Over the past year, Sematech has formed an affiliate, called the International Semiconductor Manufacturing Initiative, which includes regular Sematech research members as well as Spansion LLC, the flash joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and Fujitsu Ltd., and Panasonic, the U.S. arm of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
Sematech also said it has turned its fab here, the Advanced Technology Development Facility, into a subsidiary organization that accepts contract development projects from universities and other R&D organizations.