Fujitsu Limited and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have agreed to explore a comprehensive collaboration focusing on system-on-chip (SoC) solutions.
According to a statement, the proposed alliance between two of the leading players in the worldwide semiconductor business would capitalise on their complementary technological strengths to consolidate their global leadership position in the emerging networked economy.
Aiming to provide SoC solutions at 100 nanometers, the companies will establish several joint working groups to investigate collaboration in areas such as standardisation of design and development platforms, co-development of processor cores and joint development of advanced LSIs for communications and other fields.
Through these individual collaborations, Fujitsu and Toshiba aim to further strengthen their respective semiconductor businesses and create a competitive business model that combines their complementary strengths and capabilities.
Along with advancing digitalisation, the emergence of broadband and high-speed networks is accelerating the fusion of IT and consumer electronics products, as well as the expansion of their multimedia and network functionality.
These changes in the market environment are said to be creating requirements for expanded functionality and several hundred-fold improvements in performance for backbone server and telecommunications systems, as well as for various mobile terminals and home electronics equipment.
Advanced SoC solutions are said to be essential to meeting these requirements at the product and overall system levels. This will also require high-performance global standard processors employing advanced process technology, as well as high-speed memory and peripheral devices.
As collaboration progresses, the two companies may seek ways to effectively expand the scope of their partnership, including the possibility of integrating their operations.