Sony, Toshiba, NEC merging 45nm plans

February 1, 2006 – Citing the “tremendous investment of development resources” needed to meet requirements for leading-edge system LSI process technology development, NEC Electronics Corp., Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp. have combined their plans to jointly develop system LSI process technologies for the 45nm node.

Under the combined efforts, NEC’s 45nm development team will be shifted to Sony’s Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, targeting commercialization in 2007. Sony and Toshiba have separately been working on 45nm technology since 2004; NEC and Toshiba announced their 45nm partnership in November.


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