MANHASSET, N.Y. Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has extended a licensing and product design agreement with Israel-based flash memory IP company Saifun Semiconductors Ltd.
As part of the agreement, Saifun (Netanya) will provide engineering and design support for the development of 90-nm and 65-nm MirrorBit Quad products based on Spansion's patented MirrorBit technology that incorporates Saifun's proprietary, patented NROM IP.
"By combining Saifun's world-class IP and engineering support with Spansion's innovative, disruptive MirrorBit technology, we plan to deliver new flash memory solutions that will create new markets and business opportunities for customers," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion, in a statement.
A single Spansion MirrorBit Quad memory cell stores double the amount of information compared to a current floating-gate flash memory cell in production with multi-level-cell (MLC) architecture. Current MirrorBit technology uses a non-conducting nitride storage medium to deliver fundamental cost and manufacturing advantages over floating-gate technology
and incorporates Saifun NROM IP.
The extension of the product development agreement builds on a relationship that included a patent and technology license agreement and collaboration on developing future generations of non-volatile memory solutions. The companies expanded the relationship to include Saifun undertaking MirrorBit product designs for Spansion.