IBM and Samsung to collaborate on semiconductor technology

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IBM and Samsung have announced a collaboration on basic research into new semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes. In a press release issued today, IBM said the two companies will jointly develop new semiconductor process technology to enable powerful, energy efficient chips for new mobile devices and IT infrastructure.

According to IBM, Samsung researchers will join IBM scientists in the Semiconductor Research Alliance at the Albany Nanotech Complex in Albany, New York, where they will investigate new materials and transistor structures, as well as innovative interconnect and packaging solutions for 'next generation' technology nodes. The research developments from this joint activity are designed to enable the delivery of industry leading silicon solutions that are optimised for performance, power consumption and size. For consumers, this could mean a new generation of smarter, connected and more mobile devices. "We are pleased to have our top level scientists involved with the cutting edge research that's taking place at the Albany Nanotech Center," said ES Jung, senior vice president of technology development, Samsung Electronics. "This should further enhance our joint efforts to continue technology leadership well into the future." "Collaborative innovation will be critical if the semiconductor industry is to continue driving new forms of consumer electronics and new methods of computing," added Michael Cadigan, pictured, general manager, IBM Microelectronics. "That's why we're excited to have Samsung scientists working with us at the most fundamental stages of the R&D process."