SAN JOSE, Calif. Startup Novocell Semiconductor Inc. has rolled out its first product an intellectual-property (IP) memory core.
The product, dubbed the NovoBlox OTP Memory IP, can be embedded into any standard logic CMOS device without special or post processing, according to Novocell (Hermitage, Penn.). It has the ability to be programmed at the wafer or circuit level or in the package, according to the company.
Novocell offers NovoBlox in two architectures: ROM and serial. The ROM architecture is a natural fit for a processor based system. The serial architecture features maintained outputs and a serial programming interface, making it ideal for fuse replacement.
''The NovoBlox SmartBit cell generates and confines the breakdown voltage entirely in the memory cell,'' said Charles Buenzli, Novocell's vice president and COO. ''This allows the unprogrammed cells to have the native reliability of the process while only the programmed cells see high voltage. Overall, this creates a highly reliable memory.''
NovoBlox has been silicon proven in a wide range of CMOS technologies ranging from 0.5 microns to 90-nm. It is scalable to 65-nm and beyond, according to the company. A typical NovoBlox license is $60,000 plus a per unit royalty.