Toshiba just announced that it will be joining IBM, AMD, Samsung, Chartered, Infineon, and Freescale in developing an advanced 32 nm process. In the latest analyst’s meeting AMD has claimed to have successfully processed SRAM wafers using this 32 nm process, but it will not be available for mass production parts such as Phenom, Cell, or Freescale DSPs for several years yet. Intel has only just started shipping 45 nm parts, and AMD is expected to start 45 nm shipments in Fall of 2008. We will likely see more companies joining in process colaborations throughout the next few years, as the cost of entry to advanced nodes is now exponentially higher than even just 7 years ago.
Toshiba to join IBM, others on Chip Development