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Globalfoundries, Freescale join forces for TFS on 90nm

Posted: 06 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:non-volatile? memory? 90nm? flash? thin film?

At the Global Technology Conference in the US, Globalfoundries and Freescale Semiconductor announced plans to offer a new class of thin film storage (TFS) flash memory products to market on 90nm technology.

This advanced technology is expected to be deployed in Freescale microcontrollers (MCUs) intended for applications ranging from consumer electronics and household appliances to medical devices and smart metering systems.

Freescale's TFS technology with FlexMemory capability (configurable electrically erasable programmable read-only memory or EEPROM) is utilized in both the ColdFire and Kinetis families of 32-bit MCUs. This next generation non-volatile memory (NVM) technology based on the thin film storage concept will be manufactured on Globalfoundries' 90nm technology. Early test chips are already in production at Globalfoundries Fab 7 in Singapore, with technology certification expected to complete in 1H 2011.

The 90nm TFS technology deviates from other conventional NVM architectures since it uses silicon nano-crystal technology to provide a scalable and innovative technology with excellent bit-level reliability, speed, power and area.

Senior VP of technology as well as research & development at Globalfoundries, Gregg Bartlett says, "We are tapping our industry-leading time-to-volume capabilities and working closely with Freescale at the early stages of product development to bring this innovative flash memory technology to market."

Meanwhile, senior VP and general manager of Freescale's Microcontroller Solutions Group, Reza Kazerounian says, "Our partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES will allow us to accelerate industrialization of our TFS technology, helping us remain at the forefront of embedded innovation."

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