SUNNYVALE, Calif.--South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.--formerly called Hyundai Electronics Industries--today announced a joint-development partnership with Virtual Silicon Technology Inc. here to create advanced nonvolatile memory for embedded use in system-on-chip designs.
The two companies said they will apply Virtual Silicon's eSi-NVM technology to enable Hynix to embed EEPROM and flash memory in 0.25-micron CMOS logic processes. The memory will be added to SoC designs for a range of market applications, such as wireless communications, portable computing, consumer electronics, and industrial automation.
Hynix said it to use this technology for internal product development and will also make it available to its silicon foundry customers. The Korean chip maker expects to use the eSi-NVM technology to create new ICs for smart cards, Bluetooth wireless systems, Wi-Fi network cards, cell phones, and security systems.
"We are aggressively expanding our SoC IP strategy to offer a comprehensive line of embedded semiconductor technologies to customers involved in the design and manufacturing of leading-edge products," said Taylor Scanlon, chief executive officer at Virtual Silicon in Sunnyvale.
Terms of the joint-development pact were not released.