SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced a partnership with ProMOS Technology Inc. of Taiwan to develop one-transistor (1T) cell technology for pseudo-SRAM products used in cellular phones and other mobile applications.
Under a joint-development agreement, ProMOS--a joint venture between Infineon Technology AG and Mosel Vitelic Inc.--will supply its one-transistor memory cell process, while Cypress will provide product development expertise for next-generation memory ICs. The goal is to create memories with nearly the performance of an SRAM at storage densities of DRAMs, said the two companies.
The partnership will enable Cypress to extend its offering of ultra-low power consuming ICs, said Antonio Alvarez, senior vice president for the Memory Products Division at the San Jose-based company. "Our ultra-low-power MoBL More Battery Life family of devices for wireless applications have the industry's lowest power consumption," Alvarez stated. "But as mobile phones go to 3G third generation and provide greater functionality, the amount of memory required increases significantly. We believe that ProMOS's 1T process is the technology of choice for these applications."
Six-year-old ProMOS in Hsinchu believes the 1T-cell pseudo-SRAM alliance with Cypress will "about some major changes in the memory market starting early next year," said Ming-liang Chen, president of the Taiwan-based memory supplier.