Intel, Toshiba, Samsung and more than a handful of other companies teamed up to jointly develop smaller process technology, the goal is to more than halve semiconductor line widths to nearly 10nm by 2016:
Samsung Electronics and Toshiba -- the world's No. 1 and No. 2 maker of NAND-type memory, respectively -- together with world's largest chipmaker Intel, intend to form a consortium shortly and invite about 10 firms operating in semiconductor materials and related fields, the Nikkei said.
Toshiba and Samsung plan to use the technologies to make 10 nanometer-class NAND flash memory and other chips, while Intel will likely use it to develop faster microprocessors, the Nikkei said.