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Virage licenses Tower's NOVeA memories

Posted: 07 Jun 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NOVeA non-volatile embedded memories? SoC applications? microFLASH technology? CMOS processes?

Tower Semiconductor, an independent wafer foundry, and Virage Logic Corp. have entered into a multi-year licensing agreement, which enables Virage to develop and license to Tower, and its customers, the NOVeA family of non-volatile embedded memories on Tower's 0.185m technology.

NOVeA is designed for integration into SoC applications. Most embedded non-volatile memory solutions require special process technology that adds steps and photomasks to fabrication. Since NOVeA can be manufactured by using a standard logic process, additional process steps and masks are not necessary, thereby reducing costs and delivery time. Tower is also granted the right to license Virage's 0.135m process technology for NOVeA.

In addition to offering the NOVeA embedded memory, Tower will also deliver its microFLASH technology, said to be the industry's smallest cell size and simplest manufacturing process for high-density flash. Based on Saifun NROM technology, Tower's flash architecture stores two bits in each cell, doubling memory density. The production of microFLASH modules is compatible with standard CMOS processes making the modules suitable for integration with functional logic and analog circuitry.

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