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Japan fabless firm ups flash programming speed

Posted: 29 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Japan-based fabless startup Genusion Inc. announced it has fabricated what it claims is a novel 4Mbit flash memory technology, which significantly improves programming speed.

The chip company has been developing its so-called "B4-Flash" technology, which uses its proprietary B4-HE (back bias assisted band-to-band tunneling induced hot electron) injection mechanism as a means to program its operations.

The technology solves a major problem improving "programming speeds is one of the most pressing issues for current flash memories," according to the firm. Today's flash programming speeds range from 1- to 10Mbpsor about one-tenth the pace of hard drives. Genusion claims that the B4-HE mechanism has a potential to achieve 100Mbps programming performance.

In addition, the company said it has demonstrated a 4Mbit test chip, which is fabricated by using existing flash memory process technology and expects to move into production by 2009.

Genusion will present its findings at the IEEE Non Volatile Semiconductor Memory Workshop 2007 in Monterey, California.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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