TSMC has unveiled the foundry segment's claimed first 100MHz flash
memory single-cycle access speed 90nm embedded flash IP. The new macro
provides extremely high performance and excellent system efficiency that
meets the demanding requirement of faster on-chip flash memory access
and increasing CPU processor speeds in a wide range of automotive,
communications, and industrial microcontroller (MCU) products.. With its
100MHz flash access speed, the new IP enables superior integration with
high-performance processors to boost processing performance.
new macro is built on TSMC's 90nm logic process node, delivering
significantly reduced size and several times faster speed than its
0.18-micron counterpart. It provides single chip memory and logic
functionality, saving board space and enhancing system reliability.
claims to be the only foundry that provides multiple-generation
embedded flash IP that has passed automotive AEC-Q100 product
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.