SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) today announced it has licensed flash technology to NEC Corp. for embedded nonvolatile memory use in microcontrollers and other ICs, fabricated with 0.35-micron processes.
Under the agreement, SST will receive licensing fees and royalties from NEC, which plans to introduce its first products using SST's SuperFlash technology in fourth quarter of 2002. Terms of the licensing and royalty pact were not released.
Japan's NEC opted to use SST's SuperFlash as embedded memory in IC designs because of its scalability, low power, and ease of integration with logic functions, said Uichi Kawakami, general manager of NEC's microcomputer division.
The SuperFlash technology is a NOR-type, split-gate cell memory structure, which uses a thick-oxide process with fewer steps than other designs, according to Sunnyvale-based SST. The company has licensing pacts with IBM, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Oki, Samsung, Sanyo, Seiko Epson, Winbond, and several foundry partners, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).