Hitachi, Toshiba, and Renesas collaborates to make processors
Three Japanese companies are joining hands with aim to strengthen the countryâ€™s position in the global semiconductor market. Hitachi, Toshiba, and Renesas Technology are currently talking to each other to jointly invest in this plan and make advanced semi-conductors to compete in the highly competitive microprocessor market.
This collaboration is aimed at competing with leaders in the industry like Intel and Samsung. The aim is to make an initial investment of close to $851.6 million to setup a production plant in the country. There are also rumors that the group would invite other tech companies in Japan to join their efforts.
They plan to develop small fast chips that use less power and will enable the further shrinking of electronics items. They would come together next month to study the feasibility of the entire concept and reports in the media suggest that a production line could be developed at a Toshiba or Renesas factory with manufacturing starting in early 2007.
Market experts have not given much importance to this project as they consider the initial investment to be quite mediocre to compete with global microprocessor giants like Intel, which spends more on a single production like. As per a report in the Nihon Keizai paper, these three companies plan to manufacture system LSI (large-scale integration) chips with 65-nanometre circuitry or less.