SAN JOSE, Calif. South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has entered into a license agreement for memory products under Ovonyx Inc.'s patents and intellectual property relating to phase-change memory (PCM) technology.
The agreement also provides that Ovonyx (Rochester Hills, Mich.) will actively support Hynix' program to develop phase change memory products.
Ovonyx and its largest shareholder, Energy Conversion Devices Inc., invented and pioneered the development of phase-change RAM (PCRAM) technology several years ago.
Ovonyx' PCRAM technology uses a reversible phase-change memory process. It claims to be used as cost effective flash and DRAM memory replacements, as well as in embedded applications such as microcontrollers and reconfigurable MOS logic, according to the company.
Ovonyx is pursuing commercialization of its array-addressed memory systems through licenses and joint development programs with semiconductor manufacturers, including BAE Systems, Intel, ST Microelectronics, Samsung, Nanochip, Elpida Memory, and Qimonda.
Hynix is the latest partner. ''This agreement provides Hynix with the ability to facilitate the next generation memory development by cooperating together with Ovonyx,'' said Sung Wook Park, head of R&D Division of Hynix, in a statement. ''We anticipate opening the new era of the PCM technology and lead to the successful commercialization.''