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IBM and Other Development Partners Deliver Major Semiconductor Performance Leap

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IBM and its joint development partners – Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Freescale, Infineon Technologies AG, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics N.V. and Toshiba Corporation – today announced that they have collectively demonstrated significant performance and power consumption advantages over industry standards by using a breakthrough material known as "high-k/metal gate” (HKMG) on silicon manufactured at IBM's state-of-art 300 millimeter (mm) semiconductor fabrication facility in East Fishkill, N.Y. With this achievement the joint development partners are now ready for early customer engagements.


Clients may now design in this leading edge, low power foundry technology in order to help speed time-to-market and help realize power-performance advantage for their products.

Significant performance and power improvements have been observed in HKMG evaluation circuits and test chips on silicon manufactured at IBM's East Fishkill, N.Y. semiconductor fabrication facility. The alliance has assessed performance improvements on 32nm technology circuits of up to 35 percent over 45nm technology circuits at the same operating voltage. The 32nm power reduction over 45nm can be as much as 30 to 50 percent depending on the operating voltage. In addition, testing on product library test chip and industry standard microprocessor critical paths has shown performance improvements of up to 40 percent over conventional (Poly/SiON) technology at the same technology dimensions.

“These early high-k/metal gate results demonstrate that by working together we can deliver leading-edge technologies that handily surpass others in the industry,” said Gary Patton, vice president for IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center on behalf of the technology alliance. "Demonstrating this caliber of result in a practical environment means that as our collective client base moves to next-generation technology by using the 'gate-first' approach, they will continue to maintain a significant competitive advantage.”

The Common Platform alliance partners – IBM, Chartered and Samsung – are the first in the original equipment manufacturing (OEM) foundry industry to unveil a HKMG technology in the 32nm technology generation. A low-power 32nm technology design enablement package with fully compatible ground rules for extendibility to the 28nm technology generation is now available. Silicon support for low-power 32nm HKMG technology will be available through a prototyping shuttle program starting in the third quarter of 2008, with plans for quarterly shuttles. Feasibility results from HKMG devices built at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech Complex indicate this process can be extended to 22nm, demonstrating that improvements resulting from the use of HKMG can continue to be delivered in successive technology generations.

“The semiconductor marketplace remains one of the most competitive in the world. Early market introduction combined with strong product differentiation is critical to success,” said Dirk Wrister, director of Process Technology at Freescale. "This early design and modeling work indicates that the high-k/metal gate technology is going to deliver a significant product and performance differentiation. These early results are a significant step in the demonstration of high-k/metal gate viability in 32nm technology."

On January 29, 2007, IBM and its research partners (including Sony and Toshiba) introduced the high-k/metal gate innovation as the basis for a long-sought improvement to the transistor – the tiny on/off switch that serves as the basic building block of virtually all microchips made today. Using the high-k/metal gate material in a critical portion of the transistor that controls its primary on/off switching function enabled the development of 32nm chip circuitry that is designed to be smaller, faster, and more power-efficient than previously thought possible.

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Didn't AMD want to build a fab near IBM's fab there in east fishkill?

That would be nice...:D Maybe AMD would have a chance hahah
 

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this is really good news!
good things are coming our way!
 
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Didn't AMD want to build a fab near IBM's fab there in east fishkill?

That would be nice...:D Maybe AMD would have a chance hahah
haha. hope so
but i thought Intel was going to do something with that high-k and nehalem...
 
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They keep talking about their clients, but who are they? And is AMD in that list of "clients"?
Definately good for us!
Sounds like this is going to get us down to that 20-25nm theoretical limit that much faster.
 
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"In addition, testing on product library test chip and industry standard microprocessor critical paths has shown performance improvements of up to 40 percent over conventional (Poly/SiON) technology at the same technology dimensions." :twitch:
 

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I think the PS3 CBE chip uses the same type of High K Metal Gate. AMD was tinkering with this and announced it before Intel said they would use it with Nehalem. However, Ive yet to see any chips from AMD using this process. I do know it saves alot of power, heat and energy with its efficiency which is good. And I can only surmise that AMD is included in the clients list.