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Posted: October 31, 2007

Chipworks Analyzing Next Entrant to 45nm Race Matsushita UniPhier in Labs Now

(Nanowerk News) Chipworks, (www.chipworks.com) the leader in reverse engineering and technical analysis of semiconductors and microelectronic systems announced the arrival, in their labs, of the first production Matsushita UniPhier SoC. Chipworks preliminary analysis confirms that it is manufactured using a 45 nm process technology. Full imaging and analysis are currently underway.
Chipworks, through its global procurement channels around the world has secured the device earlier than the expected release date. Indeed, the race to be the first at 45 nm is tight with the date code on the UniPhier indicating that it was packaged just 4 weeks ago. Analysis on the Matsushita part has started in our labs side by side with the Intel 45 nm Penryn. “We are in the fortunate position to be able to compare these two pillars of 45 nm process technology”, states Jim Morrison, Product Manager at Chipworks. “Our customers will be able to compare the two side by side and have the luxury of looking back and see what and how Matsushita has changed since their 65 nm process was released, just under 2 years ago.”
“Preliminary analysis shows the expected the M1 pitch and an SRAM cell measuring 0.40 µm2, putting it on-par with expectations at 45 nm. As we dig deeper we expect to see the presence of strain technology” says Dick James, Senior Technology Analyst at Chipworks, “With Matsushita’s focus on die shrinkage and cost savings rather than on raw performance, it makes an excellent counter-point to Intel’s device. Comparing the two processes with the electrical characteristics in our transistor characterization reports will help others in the semiconductor industry make strategic decisions about their own technology.”
Matsushita promotes that the number of transistors on the UniPhier is 250 million, about ten times as many as that on the 180nm chip announced in 2000. Also, the UniPhier's power consumption and substrate area are decreased by 70% and 94%, respectively. (Oct 05, 2007 Masahide Kimura, Nikkei Electronics)
Chipworks will be doing a complete structural analysis as well as a transistor characterization analysis on the 45 nm UniPhier LSI. Customers of Chipworks will be able to get early information on the Matsushita UniPhier prior to the final completion of our Structural Analysis Report (SAR-0710-801) and Transistor Characterization Report (TCR-0710-801).
For ordering information contact Chipworks at info@chipworks.com.
For a preliminary image confirming the SRAM feature size meets 45 nm “requirements” http://www.chipworks.com/uploadedImages/chipworks-SRAM-uniphier.jpg
For an image showing the die markings: http://www.chipworks.com/uploadedImages/chipworks-diemark-uniphier.jpg
For an image showing the device package: http://www.chipworks.com/uploadedImages/chipworks-image-uniphier.jpg
About Chipworks
Chipworks is an internationally recognized technical services company that analyzes the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductors and electronic systems. Our services include a wide range of applications in patent licensing support and competitive study. For more than 15 years, Chipworks has successfully helped semiconductor and electronics organizations achieve their goals by supporting research and development efforts in strategic product development and patent portfolio management. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Chipworks has offices in Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Company is represented in Israel.
Source: Chipworks