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NEC, Samsung join PISMO Advisory Council

Posted: 09 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spencer Chin? Samsung? NEC?

NEC Electronics Corp. and Samsung Electronics have joined the PISMO Advisory Council, an industry group focused on streamlining system-level memory validation and test.

The Council was founded by Spansion Inc .and ARM Ltd in an effort to reduce the cost and complexity of system design. PISMO now includes 13 member companies dedicated to defining a board-level interface standard that allows designers to easily test and validate memory devices with development platforms from multiple vendors.

The companies collaborated to develop a standard platform that would streamline the process of validating memory with logic. The expanding wireless and embedded markets have given rise to hundreds of new processors, chipsets and memory types that must be tested for compatibility. Without a standard interface, system designers must develop various device-specific development boards to ensure compatibility. The PISMO standard is intended to address this challenge.

The council has already released the first version of the specification, defining a standard interface for devices on the SRAM bus. It also plans to deliver the PISMO 2.0 specification later this year that will extend its support for devices on other memory buses such as SDRAM; Double Data Rate DDR; NAND; MirrorBit ORNAND; SPI; Disk-on-Chip and OneNAND.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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