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Ovonyx expands STMicro license pact

Posted: 06 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ovonyx? stmicroelectronics? thin-film oum semiconductor memory technology? optical memory disk? discrete ic?

Ovonyx Inc. has announced that STMicroelectronics will expand the scope of its license for thin-film OUM non-volatile semiconductor memory technology. The two companies have also agreed to extend their joint development program.

OUM technology is an electrical version of the reversible crystalline to amorphous phase-change process that has been commercialized in popular rewritable CD and DVD optical memory disks. The technology is said to offer potential benefits over existing non-volatile memory technologies including lower cost, faster read/write, higher endurance and improved scalability.

Additionally, the expanded license agreement permits ST to use OUM technology in both discrete IC memory applications for Flash replacement and embedded applications with its microcontrollers, MOS logic, and other products that benefit from the enhanced performance and endurance of OUM. The joint development program integrates thin-film OUM memory material into ST's silicon wafer fabrication process.

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