NXP sells off Crolles2 tools

December 5, 2007 – NXP Semiconductors says it has sold off equipment from its participation in the Crolles2 partnership, mainly used for R&D and pilot manufacturing, to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed price. Ownership will be transferred in two stages over the next six months.

At the start of this year, NXP Semiconductor said it would end its participation in the Crolles chipmaking partnership with STMicroelectronics and Freescale once 45nm work is done by year’s end, deciding to strengthen its cooperation with TSMC to include advanced R&D in CMOS process technologies as well as manufacturing partnership. Days later, Freescale aligned with the IBM Common Platform alliance for 32nm development work, followed by ST in July.


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