Japan's Matsushita and Renesas Technology plan to jointly develop
process technology for 32-nanometre system chips, the most-advanced semiconductor, a report said Thursday.
Electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., best known for
its Panasonic brand, and Renesas Technology Corp. hope to sign an
agreement of the by the end of the fiscal year, the business daily
Nikkei reported, without clarifying sources.
The move will split major Japanese chipmakers into two camps as
Toshiba, NEC and Fujitsu intend to enter
into a similar alliance to help
reduce development costs.
Through the deal, technicians of Matsushita and Renesas will work to
devise ways to fabricate fine circuits so that they will be able to
make chips smaller and more energy-efficient than conventional
versions, it said.
Matsushita plans to use the chips in its flat-panel televisions and
other high-performance home electronics, it said.