AUSTIN, Texas Texas Instruments Inc. is tweaking its manufacturing strategy, adding Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing as a third foundry for 65-nm production.
United Microelectronics Corp. was qualified in March for 65-nm production, and plans call for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. to be qualified in the third quarter and Chartered by the middle of next year. For 130-nm production, Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. was brought on board, handling final metallization layers for wafers started at TI’s own fabs.
But for the 65-nm node, TI has turned to Chartered as its third foundry. By allying itself with IBM Corp. at the process development alliance based in Fishkill, N.Y., Chartered was able to bring up its 65-nm process much faster, intersecting with TI’s foundry evaluation process.
For more on TI's foundry strategy, see page 10 of Monday's (May 15) edition of EE Times.