Santa Clara, Calif. and Shanghai, China –– January 30, 2013 –– Kilopass Technology, Inc., the leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), a leading IC foundry, today announced that Kilopass IP has successfully completed the JEDEC 3-lot qualification for the SMIC 65nm, 55nm and 40nm low-leakage (LL) CMOS process technologies. Kilopass provides designers tamper-resistant, highly reliable NVM IP based on SMIC’s processes. JEDEC qualification assures designers that Kilopass IP used to store mixed-signal trim data, boot code, and security keys for application processors, MCUs and RF transceivers will guarantee operation and data retention for over 10 years.
“The SMIC 65-, 55-, and 40nm LL logic processes are very popular with our mobile phone and consumer electronics customers,” said Tian-Shen Tang, Vice President of Design Services at SMIC. “Kilopass NVM IP on our low-leakage processes provides designers of consumer home electronics and mobile phone SoCs another NVM IP choice for their high-volume designs. The low-leakage processes combine improved performance and reduced power consumption with increased design possibilities and cost efficiencies.”
The JEDEC qualification procedure on the SMIC low-leakage CMOS processes subjected Kilopass IP to standard high temperature operating life (HTOL) and high temperature storage life (HTSL) tests. These tests assure SoC designers that Kilopass IP is reliable for over 10 years of operation. The HTOL qualification tests perform a continuous read operation while the memory is subjected to an elevated supply voltage and subjected to a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius. The HTSL test, another JEDEC standard test for predicting device reliability, bakes the Kilopass IP at 150 degrees Celsius unbiased for 1000 hours. During the bake, the NVM memory contents are read at 0, 168, 500, and 1000 hours to confirm data retention.
“We are pleased with our ongoing partnership with SMIC to enable our customers’ OTP solutions to achieve product differentiation and faster time-to-market,” said Linh Hong, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kilopass. “Low-power 65nm, 55nm and 40nm are critical nodes for mixed-signal technology. We are seeing increasing demand for OTP at these nodes in multiple fields, from wireless connectivity to video decoding products.”
Kilopass OTP NVM memory IP has completed JEDEC 3-lot qualification and is available for the following SMIC processes: 40nm, 55nm, 65nm, 130nm, and 180nm. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.