COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Unable to obtain enough foundry capacity in 2000, Simtek Corp. here today announced it has expanded its ties with Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.
Under the terms, Simtek, a supplier of nonvolatile memories and other products, has secured commitments for additional processed wafers from Chartered in 2001.
The increased commitment will improve product availability starting in February and continuing throughout the year, allowing Simtek to support its increasing order backlog.
Simtek's Quantum Trap line of nonvolatile memory technology is made on a foundry basis by Chartered. Quantum Trap combines fast SRAM and EEPROM functions in a standard SRAM format.
Simtek and Chartered are no strangers to each other. For years, Simtek has relied on Chartered its main foundry. Simtek also uses some foundry capacity in Taiwan.
Last year, however, Simtek and other fabless companies experienced greater-than-expected demand for their products. And, citing a shortfall in foundry capacity, Simtek could not meet customer demand during the second half of last year, the company said.