In the Chips: Forging Smart Alliances

Chartered Semiconductor teamed with IBM and Samsung to help it develop its business and make its chips. The hookup wasn't optionalit was vital

In the $21.5 billion chip-manufacturing business, size matters. That's why chipmakers-for-hire that don't have huge volumes of business are banding together to gain economies of scale. The leading example of this kind of collaboration is the Common Platform Alliance, a venture of IBM (IBM), Korea's Samsung, and Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor.

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