Motorola Inc. today announces that it will join the 300-mm wafer-processing R&D alliance between Royal Philips Electronics N.V. and STMicroelectronics in Crolles, France. The three companies have agreed to form a new five-year alliance to jointly pursue processes from the 90-nm to 32-nm nodes in the Crolles2 300-mm R&D facility.
Crolles2 R&D facility at STMicroelectronics' plant near Grenoble is officially opened. The joint venture between Motorola, Philips, and STMicroelectronics is part of a five-year partnership to jointly develop processes from the 90nm to 32nm nodes on a 300mm line. The Crolles2 alliance also includes an agreement made with TSMC, which is participating in process development and alignment efforts. The Crolles2 project represents a total investment of $1.4bn by 2005 from the partnering companies. Sourec: SBN