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austriamicro rolls out 'industry's most economical OTP memory'

Posted: 24 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:austriamicrosystems? full service foundry? electronica 2004 expo? otp memory? memory?

austriamicrosystems AG's business unit Full Service Foundry announced at the electronica 2004 EXPO a further extension of its foundry IP & technology portfolio with the launch of what it claims as the industry's most economical OTP (one-time-programmable) memory capability for CMOS-baseline processes.

The new polyfuse-based OTP memory cells are programmable at 3.3V operating voltage and offer a read access time of 50ns/byte. This makes them suitable for storing serial numbers, unique configuration codes or analog IC trim or calibration parameters in a pure CMOS chip. Possible memory configurations for secure storage of data range from a few bits to up to several kilobits. Data retention is guaranteed for at least 10 years, the company added.

The silicon-proven IP block can be obtained from austriamicro based on a one-time license fee and integrated into the product design using the HIT-Kit.

"Offering a field programmable memory option on a standard CMOS process without the need for additional masks enables our customers to design highly competitive products," commented Peter Gasteiner, SVP and GM of Full Service Foundry. "It allows storing such as calibration parameters, serial numbers or unique configuration codes on a standard CMOS chip or any other chip designed on one of our specialty processes."

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