IBM licenses 28-nm technology to CNSE

March 10, 2011 // By Nicolas Mokhoff
IBM licenses 28-nm technology to CNSE
CNSE of the University at Albany has acquired from IBM the rights to low power, 28-nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) bulk CMOS technology expected to be deployed at CNSE's world-class Albany NanoTech Complex this year.

The 28-nm research will complement a 65-nm R&D process line already installed at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany.

“IBM is enabling CNSE to offer advanced research capability by licensing our state-of-the-art 28-nm technology,” said Paul Farrar, Vice President, IBM Microelectronics, in a statement. “High-k metal gate is the fundamental game changer in CMOS technology needed for advanced research.”

The enhanced performance and reduced power consumption using HKMG technology for 28-nm circuits have been significant as compared to previous technology generations, with performance improvements of 40 percent and power reduction of 30 percent over 45-nm technology circuits, according to the CNSE.

In a story Alain Kaloyeros, the chief executive of the NanoCollege, said “university-based research centers are lucky if they can get access to semiconductor technologies 10 years after commercialization. In this case, the school is getting the technology before it hits the market. This is three to five generations ahead, and opens up a lot of opportunities."

Kaloyeros also said that GlobalFoundries semiconducctor factory in Malta, NY will use the 28-nanometer technology to produce chips.

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