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Jun 19, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Akira Kadota, International PR Tel: 03-3578-1237 Fax: 03-3436-6766 Panasonic News Bureau Tel: 03-3542-6205 Fax: 03-3542-9018
Panasonic Now Mass-Produces World-First
45-nm System LSIs
Osaka, Japan - Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, started mass producing system LSIs at its semiconductor factory in Uozu in Central Japan this month using a world-first (45-nm) process.
The 45-nm process not only enables a higher density circuit compared with conventional system LSIs but also offers higher speeds and savings in power consumption and chip size.
These features will effectively build a digital consumer electronics world helping to achieve an advanced, ubiquitous network society.
Panasonic has developed the 45-nm process, introducing these three technologies:
|1.||Use of an ArF immersion scanner with a numerical aperture (NA) greater than 1.|
|The immersion scanner delivers the ultrafine geometry of the 45-nm node in conjunction with Panasonic's proprietary super-resolution enhancement technology.|
|2.||Use of the stress-induced mobility-enhanced transistor|
|The transistor achieves both high speed and low power consumption in miniaturization, and a highly reliable, multi-layer, wiring technology using low-k dielectrics.|
|3.||Design for manufacturability|
|The 45-nm process is based on high-precision variability modeling and design technology to achieve the higher performance and higher yields.|
Currently, digital consumer electronics have increasing multi-functions leading to larger power consumption and circuit scales. When compared to the best conventional 65-nm process system LSIs, the new 45-nm process can reduce power consumption and required surface area by approximately two thirds or a half. The Panasonic 45-nm process can greatly contribute to the evolution of digital consumer products that require high functionality, high speed, and low power consumption.
Outline of Factory
|Location:||800 Higashiyama, Uozu, Toyama Prefecture, Japan|
|Products:||System LSI for digital consumer electronics with 45/65-nm processes|
|Production schedule:||The production of 45-nm process system LSIs started in June 2007|
* as of June 19, 2007
Best known for its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated net sales of US$77.19 billion for the year ended March 31, 2007. The Company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the Company and the Panasonic brand, visit the Company's website at http://panasonic.net/.