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Spansion, Saifun extend flash memory agreement

Posted: 08 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spansion  Saifun Semiconductors  flash memory  MirrorBit  NROM 

Spansion Inc., a flash memory manufacturer, and Saifun Semiconductors Ltd, an Israel-based flash memory IP vendor, have extended their licence and product design agreement. Saifun will provide engineering and design support for the development of 90nm and 65nm MirrorBit Quad products based on Saifun's patented NROM IP.

"By combining Saifun's world-class IP and engineering support with Spansion's innovative, disruptive MirrorBit technology, we plan to deliver new flash memory solutions that will create new markets and business opportunities for customers," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion, in a statement.

A single Spansion MirrorBit Quad memory cell stores double the amount of information compared to a current floating-gate flash memory cell in production with multi-level-cell architecture. Current MirrorBit technology uses a non-conducting nitride storage medium to deliver fundamental cost and manufacturing advantages over floating-gate technology and incorporates Saifun NROM IP.

The extension of the product development agreement builds on a relationship that included a patent and technology licence agreement and collaboration on developing future generations of non-volatile memory solutions. The companies expanded the relationship to include Saifun undertaking MirrorBit product designs for Spansion.

- Sean Shim
  EE Times

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