26 Jun 2012

Javelin Semiconductor chooses Kilopass Non Volatile Memory Intellectual Property Core for MIPI RFFE Digital Interface in Next Generation CMOS Power Amplifiers

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Santa Clara, Calif., June 26, 2012 –– Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), today announced that Javelin Semiconductor has selected the XPM (eXtra Permanent Memory) Non Volatile Memory (NVM) Intellectual Property (IP) core for its latest product development. Innovator of the world’s first high-performance CMOS 3G power amplifier (PA), Javelin Semiconductor plans to incorporate Kilopass’ NVM IP into next-generation products that include the MIPI RFFE digital interface and support programmable capabilities.

“Using a standard CMOS process, Javelin can easily integrate advanced functionality to address the increasing complexity of the RF front-end in 3G/HSPA and 4G/LTE smartphones,” said Eric Smith, vice president of operations at Javelin. “In looking for NVM storage for use with the MIPI RFFE interface in our next generation products, the Kilopass XPM NVM IP was the ideal solution for containing configuration and control data. Implemented in standard logic CMOS and available at major CMOS foundries, the Kilopass IP meets our design requirements.”

Built with standard logic CMOS requiring no added manufacturing steps, Kilopass XPM NVM IP memory is the ideal non-volatile storage medium for mobile handheld chipsets from power amplifiers to application processors. For the analog mixed signal chipsets, Kilopass XPM IP provides the ability to improve yield through calibration and to modify functionality through configuration. For complex SOC chipsets, Kilopass XPM IP enables secure embedded NVM in bleeding edge processes. Combining XPM NVM storage with the MIPI RFFE digital interface in Javelin products enables advanced features and increases the application range of the products.

“We are thrilled that Javelin Semiconductor chose Kilopass for their next-generation design,” said Linh Hong, vice president of marketing and sales at Kilopass Technology.  “The PA now implemented in bulk silicon instead of GaAs enables added features as well as improving the cost. Adoption of new interface standards including MIPI RFFE opens another opportunity for Kilopass to provide differentiation to the analog/mixed-signal market by creating personality to each chip.”

About the MIPI RFFE Interface
The MIPI Alliance Specification for RF Front-End Control Interface (RFFE) was developed to offer a common and widespread method for controlling RF front-end devices. Its major advantage is simplifying system integration as well as reducing power, pin-count, EMI and overall cost. Javelin Semiconductors’ standard logic CMOS power amplifiers incorporating Kilopass XPM NVM IP further enhances these features.

About Javelin Semiconductor
Javelin Semiconductor is an innovator of high-performance, mixed-signal ICs for wireless communications. Developed by a world-class engineering team, Javelin’s products are implemented in CMOS, the world’s most widely available semiconductor process technology. Javelin was founded in 2007 and is based in Austin, Texas. More information can be found at: www.javelinsemi.com.