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UMC licenses IBM technology for 20-nm FinFETs

6/29/2012 01:45 PM EDT
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wilber_xbox
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re: UMC licenses IBM technology for 20-nm FinFETs
wilber_xbox   6/30/2012 6:20:22 AM
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Dylan, do you know what kind of resources IBM will provide to UMC and when the two companies will start the knowledge transfer?

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GroovyGeek   6/30/2012 6:27:59 AM
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So let me see if I got this right - IBM's demonstrated ability to produce FinFETs at ANY node? Zero. Their income from said ability (or lack there of)? Greater than zero. Sweet deal if you can get it. I am still amazed at IBM's ability to derive license revenue on process technology at least a decade after they stopped being relevant to process technology.

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resistion   7/1/2012 8:37:38 AM
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Yes, begs the question why didn't they license from Intel instead, or at least try.

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HS_SemiPro   7/3/2012 6:25:50 AM
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Do not underestimate IBM. IBM still does a great deal of fundamental research. No other semiconductor company has Capabilities as IBM research does. IBM Still generates more patents than any other Semiconductor company. And Intel or TSMC are never going to give away their core asset Process Tech, coz that is all they have, IBM makes lot of money from lot of different busineses

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junko.yoshida   6/30/2012 7:06:45 AM
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Dylan, I am curious. Why has UMC decided "not joining the Common Process Platform"?

resistion
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resistion   7/1/2012 8:28:12 AM
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I guess too expensive and/or opposition from other members, if any.

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mcgrathdylan   7/2/2012 6:27:25 AM
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I posed your question to UMC directly. Here is what UMC's spokesman said: On not joining the Common Process Platform: -As customer needs evolve, we wanted the flexibility to have all options open for future opportunities (including Common Process Platform, but others as well). This was a UMC decision. On resources and support: -Besides the design rules mentioned in the press, IBM will provide technical consultation, in person or as needed through teleconference. IBM will not send a dedicated engineering team to Taiwan. On roadmap: -UMC does not publicy disclose technology roadmap information; however, we are on track to accommodate first wave customers’ 20nm product rollout schedule.

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Fab guy   7/2/2012 9:14:32 AM
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This is just the way of telling everyone that UMC is not absent in the fancy leading edge technology development. Same as they joined the SEMATECH before (now is out). Does this imply they are serious in developing into a full scale, manufacturable platform? I bet not.

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yalanand   7/2/2012 11:17:01 AM
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Dylan, any reason why TSMC, Globalfoundries and Samsung are postponing the implementation of FinFETs at the 14-nm node. ? Is it because they dont haven't developed the technology to produce the FinFET's at higher-nodes ?

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