Toshiba and Xilinx have announced that they have entered into a joint development agreement for next-generation 65nm (nanometer)-generation FPGAs. This has already resulted in the successful production of 65nm FPGA prototype wafers, including actual programmable logic circuitries. Achievement of key 65nm joint development milestones is expected to lead to an expanded strategic foundry relationship.
Toshiba is among an elite few manufacturers worldwide that are now ready to produce 65nm products in volume, and the company is moving forward in research and development efforts at 45nm. The two companies will also investigate the possibility of continuing collaboration to include development of FPGAs based on Toshiba's 45nm process technologies.
The companies say that the successful execution of a 90nm manufacturing agreement in October 2004 paved the way for continued collaboration between Xilinx and Toshiba at the 65nm technology node. The result is that Xilinx flagship 90nm Virtex-4 platform FPGAs are produced in volume at Toshiba's state-of-the-art 300-mm-wafer manufacturing plant at Oita, in Kyushu, Japan.
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