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eMemory, Silterra extend semicon collaboration

Posted: 28 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eMemory? Neobit? one-time-programmable? OTP memory? Silterra?

eMemory Technology has verified its Neobit one-time-programmable (OTP) memory on Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.'s 0.18m CL180G and CL180H CMOS process technologies.

Malaysia-based wafer foundry Silterra and eMemory, a provider of embedded non-volatile memory intellectual property (IP) based in Taiwan, have also collaborated on the 0.13m CL130G version of the design, which is ready for silicon validation.

The Neobit OTP memory technology is compatible with most CMOS logic processes and does not require additional process steps. This technology, with its on-chip programmability, high density, excellent reliability and low power consumption characteristics, is a better solution than traditional ROM and fuse blocks for data storage for many applications, said eMemory. Wireless network, mobile handset, RFID chip and other consumer products are some of the applications that could benefit from the added flexibility of customization.

According to eMemory President Charles Hsu, manufacturability and time-to-market are important factors for the success of products in the communication and consumer electronics market segments.

"With this collaboration, Silterra and eMemory have laid the foundation for the complete programmable logic IP portfolio access to the global design community," Hsu said.

Kevin Bligh, VP of worldwide sales and marketing for Silterra, said in a press statement that the ability to tailor a single product for multiple target markets, or program the product to fit a specific customer application, adds tremendous value to the chip suppliers. "Field programmable memories have become an integral part of many designs from our customers. Products can be customized prior to shipment or in the field to meet the user's exact specifications," Bligh said.

The Neobit OTP memory blocks for Silterra's 0.18m process are already available. The 0.13m version is scheduled for Q4 2006.

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