SAN FRANCISCO Programmable logic supplier Xilinx Inc. Monday (Dec. 5) announced the extension of foundry relationships with Toshiba Corp. and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) to include 65-nanometer technology.
Work with Toshiba (Tokyo) has already resulted in successful production of 65-nm field-programmable gate array (FPGA) prototype wafers, including actual programmable logic circuitries, according to Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.). Xilinx signed on with Toshiba for 90-nm production services last October, and Xilinx flagship 9-nm Virtex-4 platform FPGAs are produced in volume at Toshiba’s 300-mm fab in Kyushu, Japan.
"We’re forging ahead at 65nm with confidence, bolstered by the fact that Toshiba is an industry leader in 65nm technologies for digital consumer markets, and in research and development at 45nm and below," said Wim Roelandts, Xilinx chairman, president and CEO, in a statement.
UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has been Xilinx' primary foundry partner for more than 10 years. The companies said Monday that they are in the early stages of process definition for future development of 45-nm FPGAs. Xilinx said it would also consider continuing to collaborate with Toshiba at 45-nm.
According to Xilinx, early investment in 90-nm technology development by both Xilinx and UMC led to delivery of the world’s first 90-nm FPGA product line in 2003.
“Together, UMC and Xilinx have been pioneers across multiple process generations and we look forward to extending that leadership to 65nm and beyond,” Roelandts said.
“Our mutual success at 90-nm is the latest chapter in a long history of cooperation," said Jackson Hu, CEO of UMC.