MANHASSET, N.Y. Ovonyx Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have entered into a long-term license agreement to use Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to the thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
Ovonyx (London) has memory technology IP that uses a reversible phase-change memory process previously commercialized worldwide in rewritable CD and DVD optical memory disks. The Ovonyx array-addressed semiconductor memory technology can be used in applications such as Flash and DRAM memory replacements, as well as in embedded applications in many product areas such as microcontrollers and reconfigurable MOS logic.
"The IT industry embraces change and enhancements which are enabled by advanced semiconductor technologies," said Byung-Il Ryu, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor R&D Center, in a statement. "The agreement we announce today will open doors to further development and research on phase-change technology (or OUM nonvolatile memory technology), a prominent solution for next generation memory designs and applications."
How much progress Samsung makes remains to be seen. Ovonyx has for the last few years inked development agreements with Intel and STMicroelectronics, though commercialization has not yet occurred. Intel’s capital investment arm made an additional investment
in Ovonyx in October.