AMD and IBM have continued their technology development alliance through 2011 and have broadened it to new areas. The two firms are working together on techniques for manufacturing chips on the 32nm and 22nm process, as well as in-chip technologies to boost performance. The new agreement expands their cooperation to include developing new transistors, interconnects, lithography and packaging.
IBM, of course, isn't acting out of altruism. Documents filed by AMD last year showed that between September 2004 and December 2008, AMD will likely pay Big Blue between $250 million and $280 million under their agreement. Still, it's not one-sided. AMD scientists are now firmly camped at IBM's chip development facilities and participate substantially in the creation of new chip technologies.