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Philips announces breakthrough in embedded EEPROM

Posted: 23 Jan 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:royal philips electronics? eeprom? smart card? flash memory?

Royal Philips Electronics has developed a new low-voltage low-power EEPROM option for its 0.18?m CMOS18 process technology, targeting industry demand for higher storage capacity and greater flexibility in smart card applications, as well as applications in consumer, communications and automotive markets.

Philips' new byte-alterable EEPROM technology provides both the high density and low power consumption needed to fulfill these requirements, while at the same time being fully compatible with the company's existing embedded Flash memory technology to allow mixed Flash/EEPROM systems.

Featuring a memory cell that is up to four times smaller than conventional EEPROM, this new embedded memory technology from Philips provides up to 2Mb of EEPROM in silicon areas compatible with the cost constraints of smart card applications. The ability of this new EEPROM technology to migrate to new CMOS process generations is expected to ensure that customer IP invested in early designs can be re-used in the future, giving them a cost-effective way to move to applications that require greater memory capacity and functionality.

"With embedded ROM, EEPROM and Flash memory available in the same low-cost CMOS process for all our 8-, 16- and 32-bit product families, we can implement a wide range of nonvolatile memory configurations for advanced smart card applications, especially in banking, e-government and mobile markets," said Bettina Kuhrt, marketing manager for Mobile Communications Products, Security Solutions at Philips Semiconductors.

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