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UMC makes Virage embedded memories using 0.18?m process

Posted: 09 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded memories? novea? 0.18µm cmos logic process?

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Virage Logic Corp. have announced the availability of Virage Logic's patented non-volatile electrically alterable (NOVeA) embedded memories for production on UMC's 0.18?m CMOS logic process. The move is anticipated to support customers who need cost-effective embedded NVM for security, encryption, unique device identification, analog trimming, and silicon repair.

UMC now offers NOVeA to its foundry customers to embed in their system-on-chips (SoCs). NOVeA RAM offers fast 10ns access time and 10-year data retention. Unlike traditional embedded flash memory, NOVeA eliminates the need for additional process steps and masks, thereby reducing manufacturing costs and delivery time. Sub-micron NOVeA technology can help UMC customers reduce system size, lower power consumption and increase performance and security.

NOVeA is a non-volatile, electrically alterable embedded memory solution that can be produced using a standard logic process with no additional mask or process steps. It can be reprogrammed in-system up to 10,000 times, has specified endurance of 10 years and is designed for integration into deep submicron SoCs.

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