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Spansion, Saifun extend flash memory agreement

Posted: 08 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spansion? Saifun Semiconductors? flash memory? MirrorBit? NROM?

Flash memory maker Spansion Inc. and Israel-based flash memory IP company Saifun Semiconductors Ltd have extended its licensing and product design agreement. As part of the agreement, Saifun will provide engineering and design support for the development of 90nm and 65nm MirrorBit Quad products based on Spansion's patented MirrorBit technology that incorporates Saifun's proprietary, patented NROM IP.

"By combining Saifun's world-class IP and engineering support with Spansion's innovative, disruptive MirrorBit technology, we plan to deliver new flash memory solutions that will create new markets and business opportunities for customers," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion, in a statement.

A single Spansion MirrorBit Quad memory cell stores double the amount of information compared to a current floating-gate flash memory cell in production with multi-level-cell architecture. Current MirrorBit technology uses a non-conducting nitride storage medium to deliver fundamental cost and manufacturing advantages over floating-gate technology and incorporates Saifun NROM IP.

The extension of the product development agreement builds on a relationship that included a patent and technology license agreement and collaboration on developing future generations of non-volatile memory solutions. The companies expanded the relationship to include Saifun undertaking MirrorBit product designs for Spansion.

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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