TSMC was able to secure a favorable resolution to an International
Trade Commission investigation for alleged patent infringement by its
28 nm process technology.
The parties have filed a joint motion to terminate the ITC
investigation titled In the Matter of Certain Semiconductor Products
Made by Advanced Lithography Techniques and Products Containing Same,
337-TA-729, brought by STC.UNM, the licensing arm of the University of
The investigation alleged TSMC's semiconductor process with critical
dimensions of 37 nm or below of infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,042,998 .
TSMC responded by denying the infringement allegations.
TSMC's general counsel, Dr. Richard Thurston, remarked "While TSMC
regrets that a case based upon an invalid and unenforceable patent
such as STC's made its way into the courts, TSMC is, however, pleased
with the outcome of this case."
Orders From AMD
In related news, AMD has announced its contract with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to build its 40-nanometer Ontario and
Zacate accelerated processing units (APUs).
Also, AMD will outsource the production of its 28nm Krishna and
Wichita APUs to TSMC, with the two chips designed to replace Ontario
and Zacate when they are introduced in 2012.
Ontario and Zacate, which AMD has begun shipping to contract PC
makers, are designed for low-end and middle-range PCs.
Krishna and Wichita, aimed at the tablet PC market, feature 1 to 4
cores on a single die, as well as support DirectX 11 graphic format
and USB 3.0 transmission interface.
In addition to processors, AMD has signed up TSMC to make its Northern
Island graphics chips, Barts-coded Radeon HD 6850/6870 chips, and
Cayman-coded Radeon HD 6950/6970 chips, all of which are designed on
Also, AMD plans to introduce its duo-core Antilles graphics chip and
low-priced graphics chips, namely Turks and Caicos, in the first
quarter next year and will contract TSMC to make these chips using
40nm process by the end of this year.