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Sony and Toshiba Team Up For Chip

According to Reuters, Sony Corp and Toshiba Corp said on Thursday they plan to each invest 10 billion yen ($95 million) to jointly develop a microchip that will be smaller and more powerful than any now available. The planned next-generation semiconductor will have 45-nanometre circuitry -- even narrower than the circuitry planned for "cell", a 65-nanometre microprocessor being developed by the two companies and IBM Corp.

"Cell" is expected to power Sony's next-generation game console. A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre. "We started working with Sony on developing a 65-nanometre system LSI in May 2001 and that project will finish up in March. We consider this an extension of that joint project," said Toshiba spokesman Junichi Nagaki.

Toshiba and Sony target completion of a 45-nanometre system LSI (large-scale integrated) -- a high-end microchip that combines multiple functions on one piece of silicon to power everything from DVD recorders to game machines -- by late 2005.

2/12/2004 Aaron Thomas

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