UMC Group and NexFlash Sign Agreement for 0.25um and 0.35um Embedded Flash Technologies.
SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 1999--NexFlash Technologies Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to license its patented 0.35- and 0.25-micron NexFlash(TM) process and design technologies to UMC UMC United Methodist Church
UMC United Microelectronics Corporation
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UMC United Microelectronics Corp (Republic of China)
UMC University of Missouri-Columbia Group.
The agreement involves the transfer of flash memory manufacturing processes to UMC Group company, UTEK Semiconductor Corp. (UTEK). In addition, the agreement offers certain high density, high speed and ultra low power An ultra low power, or ULP device, is an electronic gadget that has milli- or micro-watt power consumption.
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"This agreement is a significant step in the execution of our intellectual property licensing strategy, which targets fast growing embedded flash memory markets such as highly integrated microcontrollers and DSPs," said Mo Bandali, NexFlash's chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. . "As our strategic partner, UMC Group can help us reach a broad customer base. Its excellent wafer production facilities also complement our embedded flash designs."
Bandali continued, "NexFlash's 0.35u FN:FN Technology has been proven both from a reliability and yield/performance point of view using other partners. NexFlash's technology uses the stack-gate cell and is highly scalable, a point that becomes important as the technology migrates down to 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron geometries."
"Embedded memories are a critical part of UMC Group's foundry strategy," said Jim Kupec, president of UMC Group (USA). "With the era of system-on-chip (SOC) designs upon us, we have made an extensive catalog of mega-cell block resources available to our customers through our Gold IP(TM) program. Embedded non-volatile memories are a key piece of our SOC solution, and NexFlash's excellent technology will enable UMC Group customers to quickly and cost-efficiently produce designs for a wide-range of applications."
NexFlash has established the goal of becoming the vendor of choice for embedded flash designs. Central to its core intellectual properties are several fundamental flash memory patents covering the memory cell architecture and operations in the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mode. This technology has the benefit of very low power, low voltage Low voltage is an electrical engineering term that broadly identifies safety considerations of an electricity supply system based on the voltage used. While different definitions exist for the exact voltage range covered by "low voltage", the most commonly used ones include "mains , small memory sectors, and fast access/ programming/erase time. Additionally, the technology integrates well with manufacturing processes for ASIC or other logic products.
"We are very excited about this relationship with UMC Group, and we look forward to working with them for our mutual success," Bandali said.
About NexFlash Technologies
NexFlash Technologies Inc. is focused on designing and marketing high density, low power flash memory devices, as well as licensing flash memory designs for customers' embedded memory products. NexFlash products are used in telecommunications, data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another. , networking systems, personal computers, instrumentation and consumer products.
About UMC Group
UMC Group is a world leading semiconductor foundry group consisting of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), United Semiconductor Corp. (USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. ), United Integrated Circuits Corp. (UICC UICC Union International Contre le Cancer International Union against Cancer ), United Silicon, Inc. (USIC USIC University Science Instrumentation Centre
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USIC United States interdiction coordinator (US DoD) ), UTEK Semiconductor Corp. (UTEK), and the first dedicated foundry in Japan, Nippon Foundry Inc. (NFI NFI Nasjonal Forskningsinformasjon (Norwegian Research Database)
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In 1998, UMC Group's L250 (0.25um) and L220 (0.22um) process technologies set the foundry industry benchmark for production volumes, capacity and yields in very deep sub-micron technology. In 1999, UMC Group will have production-ready 0.18um (L180) and copper-interconnect technology. The UMC Group Silicon Shuttle(SM) test-chip program enables library vendors, IP vendors and foundry customers to verify their designs in silicon at low or no cost.
UMC Group companies are headquartered in Taiwan, with marketing and customer support offices located in the United States, Japan, and the Netherlands. UMC Group (U.S.A.) offices are located at 788 Palomar Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, tel. (408) 733-8881, fax (408) 733-8090.