LONDON – Embedded memory intellectual property licensor Memoir Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced that its first commercial product, the Renaissance 2X, is available.
The company, formed in 2009, is pursuing a systems-level approach to providing multiport memories for networking chips and SoCs. Memoir's algorithmic memory technology creates multiport SRAMs but based on 6-transistor single-port SRAMs. As such the technology avoids the need to develop specialized 8-transistor memory cells, as is usually done for multi-port memories, Memoir said. In addition such specialized memories are not usually developed until after a process node is stable delaying SoCs that need such memory into a second wave for any given process node.
Renaissance 2X offers four separate memory generators: a 2 port (1R1W), a dual port (2RW), and specialty memories for 2Ror1W and 1RW1W.
Renaissance 2X eliminates the need to build multiple variants of dual-port physical compilers based on the conventional 8-transistor memory bit cells for new process nodes, Memoir said. As a result, customers benefit from improved time-to-market and time-for-adoption of new process nodes, reduced development and maintenance cost and lowered risk to build embedded multi-port memories.
In addition, Renaissance 2X offers up to 30 percent increased clock speeds and up to 50 percent area and power savings over comparable industry-standard physical memory compilers, Memoir claimed.
"A key part of our strategy is to work with foundries, IDMs, library vendors, and third-party IP suppliers to make our technology available such that it sets a new standard on how memory products are developed," said Memoir CEO Adam Kablanian. Kablanian is a former president, CEO and chairman if IP licensor Virage Logic Corp.
Kablanian added: "For far too long the memory industry has been weighed down with technology that has not kept pace with the evolution that has taken place in the SoC marketplace. Our goal with the Renaissance product platform is to turn the tide so that embedded memory development advances with the rest of the SoC industry and the continually changing semiconductor ecosystem."
Renaissance 2X memory generators are available and list pricing starts at $250,000 plus royalties.