Qualcomm joins chip group Sematech

Qualcomm has joined the global consortium of chip manufacturers, Sematech, as part of plans to advance CMOS scaling and assess the viability of  new technologies.

Qualcomm is the first integrated, fabless chip maker to join the group. Other members include GlobalFoundries, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Micron, National Semiconductor, Renesas, Samsung, Toshiba, TSMC, and UMC. Sematach incorporates more than half of all chip manufacturers in the world, further boosted by this latest addition by Qualcomm.

Dan Armbrust, president and CEO of Sematech, said in a statement: “This new collaborative effort broadens the scope of participation in Sematech, and underscores our commitment to bring all sectors of the industry together in assessing technology options, creating standards, building early infrastructure and charting overall industry direction.”

Jim Clifford, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm, commented on Qualcomm’s long history of industry partners and how joining Sematech affiliates it with other chip makers and provides access to new research capabilities and facilities. He believed that this decision by Qualcomm could help shape the industry’s direction.

As part of Sematech, Qualcomm hopes to assess the feasibility of new technologies designed to extend Moore’s Law. Sematech hopes for more “creative co-operation” between semiconductor companies and may open its doors to more firms within the next few years.