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Sep 15, 2010
Panasonic to Start Commercial Shipment of 32-nm Generation System LSIs Based on World's First*1 Gate-First, High-k/Metal Technology
Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation has successfully developed a new mass-production technology for leading-edge 32-nm generation system LSIs, and is ready to ship system LSIs (model number: MN2WS0150) based on this technology from October 2010 for use in Blu-ray DiscTM*2 players. This advanced technology enables system LSIs with higher performance and lower power consumption to be used for consumer electronics including digital TVs, Blu-ray DiscTM*2 recorders and players.
As the market for new consumer electronics, such as Blu-ray 3D DiscTM*2 players, is rapidly growing, there was an urgent need for a mass-production technology that can support low-power, high-performance microscopic transistors on 32-nm or later generation system LSIs.
The world's first*1 technology Panasonic has developed for fabricating high-k/metal gate transistors in a gate-first process can significantly improve CMOS transistors' performance by up to 40% compared to its current models. The MN2WS0150 system LSI, featuring 32-nm generation transistors and Panasonic's proprietary UniPhier®*3 integrated platform for digital consumer electronics, is designed for Blu-ray DiscTM*2 players which are compatible with Blu-ray 3DTM*2 discs. The newly-developed technology enables reducing LSI's power consumption by approximately 40% and the mounting footprint by 30% compared to the current models by employing high-density integration of the microscopic transistors and power consumption control according to the LSI's operations.
- New CMOS process technologies*4 for multi-Vth based on new gate structure forming technologies employing hafnium (Hf)-based high-k gate dielectrics and metal gate electrodes, and microscopic Cu wiring technologies using ELK (extremely low dielectric constant) dielectrics that reduce signal delay on wires.
- MPEG-4 MVC (multiview video coding system, an extension to the ITU-T H.264 advanced video coding system) decoding technologies for Blu-ray 3DTM*2, HDMI high-speed data transfer circuit technologies, and high-performance and high-speed graphics engine technologies that also support 3D and curved surface drawing.
- Power-saving circuit technologies that minimize power consumption according to the LSI's operations, such as clock frequency control, supply voltage application/shut-off and high-speed analog/digital mixed signal circuit forming technologies.
*1: Based on Panasonic data as of September 15, 2010
*2: Blu-ray DiscTM, Blu-rayTM, Blu-ray 3DTM, and their associated logos are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.
*3: UniPhier is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation.
*4: Jointly developed with Renesas Electronics Corporation based on the program developed by imec (a leading-edge technology research and development organization in Belgium).
Panasonic Corporation 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 7.42 trillion yen (US$79.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net.
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