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TSMC acquires Canadian memory IP provider

Posted: 17 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP? DRAM? SRAM? embedded memory?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has acquired Emerging Memory Technologies Inc. (EMT), according to a report from the Ottawa Citizen. This move is in line with its expansion of its intellectual-property (IP) efforts,

In the report, EMT declined to comment on its ties with silicon foundry giant TSMC. However, ''An important clue is the fact the logo on [EMT's] offices at 349 Terry Fox Dr. changed a few weeks ago. It now reads: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.,'' according to the report.

Founded in 2004 in Ottawa, Canada, EMT is a memory design company. It designs DRAM and SRAM IP across different processes, including bulk and SOI.

In the embedded memory market, EMT will compete against such the likes of ARM, IBM, MoSys and Virage Logic.

TSMC expansion of its efforts in IP, is upsetting many in the market. TSMC makes its own IP and has ties with third-party IP. The company has also started production of ICs using a 0.13micron embedded flash process. The company claimed it was the first foundry to take embedded flash memory down to such a fine geometry.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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