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IP memory core can be embedded into any CMOS device

Posted: 17 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Novocell Semiconductor  intellectual property core  IP memory core  IP core  NovoBlox 

Novocell Semiconductor Inc. has introduced an intellectual-property (IP) memory core that can be embedded into any standard logic CMOS device without special or post processing. The NovoBlox OTP Memory IP has the ability to be programmed at the wafer or circuit level or in the package, according to the company.

Novocell offers NovoBlox in two architectures: ROM and serial. The ROM architecture is a natural fit for a processor based system. The serial architecture features maintained outputs and a serial programming interface, making it suitable for fuse replacement.

''The NovoBlox SmartBit cell generates and confines the breakdown voltage entirely in the memory cell,'' said Charles Buenzli, Novocell's vice president and COO. ''This allows the unprogrammed cells to have the native reliability of the process while only the programmed cells see high voltage. Overall, this creates a highly reliable memory.''

NovoBlox has been silicon proven in a wide range of CMOS technologies ranging from 0.5 microns to 90-nm. It is scalable to 65-nm and beyond, according to the company. A typical NovoBlox licence is Rs.27.73 lakh ($60,000) plus a per unit royalty.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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