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Ultra-reliable EEPROM block add-on debuts

Posted: 28 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EEPROM blocks? non-volatile storage chips? 0.35um CMOS designs?

austriamicrosystems AG's foundry business unit has announced the availability of EEPROM blocks for its 0.35?m process family.

The highly reliable 3Kb EEPROM blocks are fully automotive-qualified, making them suitable for harsh environments in the automotive, medical and industrial sectors, said the Austrian fab headquartered near Graz. By using a proven PMOS-based NVM technology, the EEPROM blocks offer an industrial temperature range up to 180C.

Endurance is typically 20 million read/write cycles at 25C and will be guaranteed for at least one million cycles at 125C. Data retention is ensured for a minimum of 25 years at 125C.

The EEPROM blocks feature a robust cell concept developed especially for low power and low voltage applications, and supply voltage ranges from 2.2-3.6V for read and 2.5-3.6V for write.

The silicon-proven memory IP blocks, available from austriamicro now, cab be instantly integrated in a product design using the HIT-Kit, the company's industry benchmark process design kit.

Due to the modularity of the processes, foundry customers can reuse 100 percent of their standard 0.35?m CMOS designs while the memory block is added right before starting production of the wafer.

- Ismini Scouras

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