Introduction strengthens STMicroelectronics' position as a semiconductor technology leader; Used by universities, research labs and companies for next generation System-on-Chip and allows CMP to enrich its unique portfolio of leading edge semiconductor technologies
Geneva, January 18, 2008- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and CMP (Circuits Multi Projects®) announced that the CMOS 45 nm process from STMicroelectronics is now available for prototyping to universities, research labs and companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP. The announcement was made during the annual CMP users meeting held in Paris, which is an open event for representatives from academia, research institutes or private enterprises that use or are interested in using the CMP multi-project wafer services that allow organizations to obtain small quantities of advanced ICs, typically from a few tens to a few thousand units.
The introduction of the 45nm CMOS process builds on the successful collaboration that has allowed universities to access previous CMOS technology generations such as 65nm and 90nm. For example, more than 100 universities (60% in Europe, 40% in Americas and Asia) have now received design rules and design kits for ST's 65nm bulk CMOS process. During the CMP annual meeting, ST and CMP also announced that ST's CMOS 65 nm on SOI process has been added to CMP's technology portfolio for academia. Devices designed on the SOI substrate exhibit substantially higher performance and/or lower power consumption than identical designs on the bulk substrate. In addition, SOI technology is more robust to radiation, which makes it more suitable for space applications, for example.
According to Bernard Courtois, Director of CMP, there has been a sharp growth in the number of CMOS devices produced in recent years. For example, in 2007 the total number of circuits designed in 90nm CMOS increased by almost 100%, with 91 circuits designed in 2007 compared to 57 in 2006 and 32 in 2005, and most of the top universities are now preparing designs in 65nm.
"This is a very exciting program, which perfectly illustrates our strong involvement with the education and research communities. It is essential that university students and researchers can have access to the most advanced technologies, which we have been providing in cooperation with CMP for two decades," said Patrick Cogez, Director, Universities and External Relations, Front-End Technology and Manufacturing at STMicroelectronics. "Ensuring that universities have access to our leading-edge technologies also helps us to attract the best young engineers as part of our commitment to remain a technology leader on a long-term basis."
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions STMicroelectronics at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. STMicroelectronics's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2006, the Company's net revenues were $9.85 billion and net earnings were $782 million. Further information on STMicroelectronics can be found at www.st.com.
CMP is a broker in ICs and MEMS for prototyping and low volume production. Circuits are fabricated for Universities, Research Laboratories and Industrial Companies. Advanced industrial technologies are available in CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, P-HEMT E/D GaAs, MEMS etc. CMP distributes and supports several CAD software tools for both Industrial Companies and Universities. Since 1981 more than 4200 circuits for Research, Education and Industry have been fabricated. 410 academies centre and 140 industrial companies from 60 countries have been served. Further information on CMP can be found at cmp.imag.fr
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