LONDON Ė Qualcomm Technology Inc. has joined the core CMOS R&D collaborative research program of nanoelectronics research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), the institute said Monday (Jan. 28).
In joining the collaborative research program of IMEC, Qualcomm Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.), joins leading chip companies including Fujitsu, Globalfoundries, Intel, Micron, Panasonic, Samsung, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., SK Hynix, Toshiba/Sandisk and Sony.
Even though Qualcomm is fabless, it is looking to learn about the advanced CMOS processes below 22-nm and to accelerate scaling for next-generation logic and memory products.
In May 2011, IMEC announced that another fabless company, Nvidia Corp. had joined IMEC's core CMOS program on advanced CMOS scaling as an Insite member.
"We continue to invest heavily into technology leadership which includes advanced semiconductor technologies," said Jim Thompson, executive vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., in a statement issued by IMEC. "We have collaborated with IMEC on the 3-D stacking program for the last four years and we look forward to expanding our engagement with IMEC to include CMOS research and the new MRAM program."
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