With the semiconductor industry making the transiÂtion from 90 nanoÂmeter (nm) to 65 nanometer, chip major Advanced MicroÂnic Devices (AMD) CorporaÂtion, is ramping up design activities in India, focused on these shrinking chip geometries.
Jeff VerHeul, Corporate VP, design engineering, microÂproÂcessor solutions sector, AMD said that the company's team in BangaÂlore led by Raghuram Tupuri would look at 65 nm and follow it up with 45 nm product designs.
He also said that AMD plans to double its current strength of 40 by 2007. "We are building a core team in India and we plan to have a complete microprocessor team which will work on next-generation server product in 65 nm," said Tupuri.
VerHeul said that these chips would result in better power consumption, lower heating and lighter devices for end users and enhanced performance in the server space.
Last month, AMD anÂnouÂnÂced the opening of its microprocessor fabrication facility, the "Fab 36", in Dresden, Germany, that will focus on the manufacture of chips that are 65 nm and lower. This facility will start shipping chips from January 2006. Its bigger rival Intel has already started shipping 65 nm chips to PC makers.