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Cypress taps UMC for SRAM, flash production

Posted: 27 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash memory? Cypress Semiconductor? UMC? SRAM? Moore's Law?

For the first time, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will use an external foundry to manufacture its next-generation SRAM products. Cypress will tap UMC for the tapeout of its 65nm SRAM product later this year.

Cypress also plans to use UMC's advanced processes to manufacture its S8TM 0.13m embedded flash technology and two future generations of embedded flash technology that are used to produce different Cypress products such as PSoC programmable mixed-signal array and USB devices.

"UMC's advanced technology will allow Cypress to maintain its position without having to shoulder the entire burden of advanced research and equipment," said Shahin Sharifzadeh, executive VP of Wafer Fab and Technology at Cypress. "By continuing to add manufacturing capacity with foundry partners like UMC, we will be able to meet the needs of our rapidly growing customer base and accelerate our drive to become a leading programmable solutions provider."

The foundry partnership aligns with Cypress' Flexible Manufacturing Initiative that combines capacity from leading foundries and the company's internal fabs, lowering high fixed costs for Cypress.

Moreover, Cypress cites the partnership as a vital part of its 'No More Moore' initiative. According to the company, many of its programmable products no longer require aggressive linewidth reductions so it dropped its commitment to independent process technology development based on Moore's Law.

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