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Foundries having issues with 28nm

Posted on Thursday, November 03 2011 @ 00:01:26 CET by

EE Times reports foundries are having troubles with 28nm manufacturing:
Although foundry chip manufacturing will continue to grow faster than the overall chip market for the next few years, it is currently facing challenges at the leading-edge 28-nm manufacturing node, according to market analysis company Gartner and others.

In particular foundries are struggling with the introduction of 32-nm/28-nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) CMOS, according to Bob Johnson, research vice president at Gartner, speaking to a client meeting here.

"[Making] bulk silicon HKMG at 28-nm is hard. All foundries are having yield issues and defect density issues right now," he said, speaking along the same lines that executives at a couple of chip manufacturing equipment vendors had done a few days before.



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