Intel plans to sell chipmaking equipment and process technology to Nanotech Semiconductor, a start-up contract chip manufacturer located near Shanghai, China. Pending regulatory approval, Intel will provide Nanotech with used chip manufacturing equipment and manufacturing process techniques, a company representative said on Tuesday. That will allow Nanotech to turn out chips whose average feature sizes equal 0.35 micron and 0.25 micron, using 200-millimeter wafers. The two generations of chip technology were state of the art during the 1990s, but have since been surpassed by three other generations, inducing 90-nanometer, or .09 micron, chip production, which started this year.
Still, the pending sale, whose value was not disclosed, will help Nanotech jump-start production at a proposed new manufacturing facility and boost its presence in China's chip market, the Intel representative said.