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Embedded memory solution combines technologies

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:memory embedded solution? memory high-yield? process silicon?

LogicVision Inc. and Dolphin Technology Inc. are offering integrated high-performance and high-yield embedded memory solution that combines technologies from both companies.

As the semiconductor industry moves to deeper nanoscale technology nodes, there is a significant growth in the number, density and performance requirements of embedded memories. Embedded memories now also represent, in most cases, a die's largest contributor to yield loss due to the very large area and density of these regular circuits. A successful memory strategy must not only include highly-optimized memories, but must also incorporate an efficient and effective repair methodology to achieve maximum yield levels without impacting test times or crucial time-to-market goals.

Proven in designs
Both companies claim that the memory solution delivers highly-optimized memory blocks, including the highest performance, highest density and lowest power memories. Both companies' press release reports that these memories have been proven in hundreds of designs across several silicon process generations down to 45nm. The integrated solution provides unique automation for efficiently integrating and verifying embedded memory test and repair capabilities within even the most complex designs.

Once integrated, these capabilities provide the highest quality test through the BIST architecture that offers full algorithm programmability, and the highest possible yield improvement through fully optimized on-chip repair analysis and eFuse management. The integrated solution also provides automated diagnostic capabilities that allow crucial first silicon characterization and quick identification of any systematic process-related effects.

"Many of our customers use LogicVision's memory BIST and self-repair solutions as these provide the key test, repair and diagnostic capabilities they require," said Mo Tamjidi, president of Dolphin. "It makes sense for us to offer a combined solution that provides our customers with an even more seamless path to incorporating the highest performance and highest yielding embedded memory solution in the industry."

"Dolphin memories are being adopted by an increasing number of our customers," said Jim Healy, president and CEO of LogicVision. "Our new relationship with Dolphin will ensure that we maximize the benefits our customers receive from both our existing and future integrated products and solutions."

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