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Masdar Institute in microchip milestone

February 23, 2014

Triska Hamid



Abu Dhabi'sMasdar Institute of Science and Technology has become the latest university to provide a new semiconductor design for manufacturing in the GlobalFoundries' fabrication plant in Dresden, a process known as "tape-out".

Working in collaboration with GlobalFoundries, which is owned by Mubadala's Advanced Technology Investment Company (Atic), Masdar Insitute will start shipping out the design for the 28-nanometre (nm) chip by the end of March.

"The successful tape-out by our students has enabled the UAE to enter a new era in advanced semiconductor technology research and innovation," said Fred Moavenzadeh, the president of the Masdar Institute.

Said Ghanesh Ramamoorthy, an analyst at Gartner: "The development clearly means that the Masdar Institute is now on par with those global organisations that design and tape-out chips in the advanced process nodes.

"This is definitely a milestone. It is also a very positive one for the growth of the semiconductor design ecosystem in the region and puts the country in a leading position in the region."

The 28nm chips are considered to be very advanced and typically end up in smartphones and tablets. The main goal of the chip is to collect measurements that will help to reduce power consumption and increase speed.

thamid@thenational.ae


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Source: National, The (United Arab Emirates)


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