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Dongbu HiTek taps Kilopass' NVM solution

Posted: 04 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:non-volatile memory? OTP memory? BCD process?

Kilopass Technology Inc. has announced that is developing one-time programmable (OTP) memories for Dongbu HiTek's 0.18?m biCMOS-DMOS (BCD) process.

Dongbu HiTek launched the what it claims to be the first 0.18?m BCD process in June 2008. The 0.18?m BCD device integrates 1.8V and 5V to 65V bipolar and MOS transistors and 12V to 60V power MOS transistors. This process enables designs in a wide variety of applications, including LED drivers, power management chipsets such as battery management ICs, motor driver ICs and automotive electronics, as well as audio amplifiers for mobile handsets and consumer electronics.

"BCD enables integration of bipolar, logic, and high voltage circuits on a single chip. The benefit of this level of integration will enable new innovation in the next generation power management products." said Linh Hong, VP of marketing at Kilopass. "We are pleased to develop embedded NVM (non-volatile memory) solutions in Dongbu's BCD process. Power management ICs will benefit from having XPM for trim, calibration and secure key and code storage to improve performance and yield at low cost."

Kilopass completed qualification of its XPM memories in Dongbu's 0.18?m CMOS in December 2008. The development of the BCD compatible modules is an extension of this effort. The memory array has already been verified. The peripheral circuits are being redesigned using the 1.8V and 5V devices available in Dongbu's 0.18?m BCD. Having a higher voltage device benefits the quality and reliability of the high voltage programming circuits.

Jae Song, executive VP of Dongbu marketing said, "Kilopass's solution offers our customers a high density permanent memory at a low total cost. Unlike other technology solutions, Kilopass does not require wafer bake. That, coupled with the high reliability and yield, gives our customers a great value."

Kilopass supports in-system programming with no process or mask modifications, keeping manufacturing costs low. Kilopass's XPM solution for Dongbu 0.18?m BCD will be available for manufacturing by Q4 09; early customer engagements can begin now. Dongbu is accepting designs now for immediate manufacturing.





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