STMicroelectronics, a company specializing in the semiconductor solutions, recently entered into a strategic agreement with Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics, a company that focuses on semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies. This new agreement expands the footprints of both companies much further.
Both ST and Samsung have worked together on advanced process technology development in the past and that experience has provided significant insight into their ability to work together to meet their objectives and thus provide unique service to their customers in demanding and fast-moving markets.
Samsung Foundry is a critical resource for competitive fabless and integrated device manufacturer semiconductor companies. It offers deep expertise in advanced process and design technologies, as well as has an excellent track record in high-volume manufacturing. The company offers a full range of foundry capabilities from design engagements to turnkey projects, with a focus on process technologies from 90nm to 32/28nm on 300mm wafers and beyond.
“We have successfully started production of STMicroelectronics’ new-generation 32/28nm SoC products,” Kwang-Hyun Kim, executive vice president of Foundry business, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics said in a statement.
“A foundry relationship with ST demonstrates our commitment to advanced process technology and our 32/28nm HKMG process-technology leadership. We have aggressively ramped 32/28nm capacity and will continue to deliver the most advanced process solutions to our customers,” Kim added.
The relationship has already resulted in taping out of a dozen ST advanced system-on-chip devices for mobile, consumer and network applications. Samsung’s foundry business has offered access to 32nm HKMG process technology for early market leaders and 28nm HKMG process technology for customers looking for traditional migration benefits.
“In addition to delivering waves of innovative new products, another key to ST’s success in each of our target markets is working with industry leaders,” said Jean-Marc Chery, executive vice president, chief technology officer for STMicroelectronics.
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