March 26, 2008 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. Ltd (Hua Hong NEC) today announced the successful qualification of Cypressís 0.13-micron SONOS (silicon oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded nonvolatile memory (NVM) technology at Hua Hong NEC. The technology was originally licensed from Cypress in December 2006.
After 14 months of seamless cooperation between both companies, Hua Hong NEC has completed all new tool installations, process transfer and Flash macro IP verification, achieved high yields comparable to Cypress, and has passed all process qualifications. Multiple products from both Cypress and Hua Hong NECís customers have now been taped-out by Hua Hong NEC.
"Cypress's 0.13-micron embedded flash technology is a true flash technology delivering more than 100K cycles of endurance and at least 20 years of data retention at competitive performance and leakage levels," said Cypress Managing Director, Bo Jin. "The technology provides high reliability, low power and cost-effective solutions with a low mask adder compared to other embedded NVM technologies and most of all, it is scalable."
"Hua Hong NEC is a well-established leader in the embedded Flash/EEPROM foundry market," said Shahin Sharifzadeh, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Wafer Manufacturing and President of Cypress China. "This project will help to drive Cypress's SONOS technology as the predominant solution for a variety of embedded NVM applications."
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