Toshiba and Xilinx, Inc. have announced a strategic foundry relationship under which Toshiba will manufacture Xilinx high-performance field programmable gate array (FPGA) products.
The companies have already achieved a key milestone with the successful output of functional 90-nanometer (nm) first silicon at Toshiba's state-of-the-art 300-mm-wafer manufacturing plant at Oita, in Kyushu, Japan. Toshiba will start volume manufacturing in the first quarter of calendar year 2005.
Toshiba and Xilinx attribute first silicon success to their proven technology expertise as pioneers in the industry's race to 90nm manufacturing. Both Toshiba and Xilinx were among only a handful of semiconductor industry leaders delivering 90nm products in 2003.
As part of the manufacturing agreement, Xilinx will make advance payments to Toshiba, which will be offset against future wafer purchases.