Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner announces the company's plan to develop new memory chips with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Industrial Technology Research Institute. (Photo/Hung Hsi-lung)
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will offer US$10 million to go with a US$5 million budget from Intel to develop new computer memory products within five years, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner said on Dec. 6.
"The partnership's initial project will focus on super-fast but extremely energy-efficient memory technologies for future ultra-mobile devices such as Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones as well as tomorrow's exascale and cloud mega-data centers," Rattner said.
Rattner made his remarks as he announced the five-year plan with representatives from the two government agencies. The general director of ITRI's Information and Communications Research Laboratories, Wu Cheng-wen, said that ITRI would focus on developing 3D IC technology to make memory chips work better with microprocessors or to integrate memory chips with microprocessors.
"With the many patented technologies from Intel and ITRI's solid 3D IC research and development capabilities, this collaboration will enable the development of future memory technologies," Wu said.
Wu said that the project will create a new field for local memory chip makers to produce chips with greater value by using their existing technologies rather than scramble to invest massively on upgrading processing technologies.
Wu said that ITRI's 3D IC technology for memory chips could effectively reduce the space required by hardware, enable faster data transmission and expand capacity to cope with the uptake of sleeker consumer electronic devices.
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