Narrower circuitry helps chip makers cut manufacturing costs and power consumption per chip while packing more functions in a single sliver of silicon. A nanometre is one billionth of a metre.
Matsushita currently makes both 45- and 65-nanometre chips at production facilities in its central Japan plant. It plans to raise the output capacity of the facilities to 10,000 300-mm silicon wafers a month eventually from the current 6,500 wafers.
Matsushita, which has developed 45-nanometre chips with Renesas Technology Corp., aims to extend the existing cooperation to the development of the next-generation 32-nanometre chips, Matsushita Executive Vice President Susumu Koike told reporters.