13 May 2014

Kilopass’ Gusto™ Ultra-Low Power NVM IP for Code Storage Enabled on UMC 55nm LP Process

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Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced the availability of Kilopass’ Gusto low power NVM IP on UMC’s 55nm LP process following successful completion of 1000 hours of JEDEC standard reliability testing.  Gusto provides UMC customers designing system-on-chip (SoC) devices for high-volume portable and wireless products a highly secure, field programmable, high capacity memory for code storage. The Kilopass standard logic CMOS memory is ideal for storing boot code and encryption keys that can be erased and reprogrammed in the field.

“We are thrilled to have successfully enabled our Gusto NVM IP on UMC’s 55nm LP process,” says Linh Hong, vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Kilopass.  “The 55nm node, a mature, cost effective, and highly available process is experiencing strong demand thanks to wireless and portable designs integrating more on board to reduce cost. Already, China will likely see a $25 smartphone sometime this year and Kilopass memory is the ideal storage for containing boot code and encryption keys that need to be secure and tamper proof.”

Common hardware platforms developed for multiple applications are more widespread today given differentiation is created in software. Given this trend, Gusto is the ideal memory for code storage with low active power typically at 2.6mW, low standby power typically less than 3 µW, small footprint at less than 0.7mm^2/Mb, and high security to protect software IP. With programmability at wafer sort, final test, or in-system, it provides the ultimate flexibility for code.

Shih Chin Lin, senior division director of IP Development & Design Support division at UMC said, “UMC has a broad, robust ecosystem partnership with IP suppliers that allows customers to gain access to third party IP verified on UMC processes with minimal effort, investment, and lead time. Kilopass’ Gusto adds another high-value IP block to our comprehensive IP portfolio, and is a welcome resource for our highly popular 55nm process technology. We look forward to further working with Kilopass on their IP solutions for UMC processes.”