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Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology goes inside embedded MCUs by 2015
11/25/2013 11:36 AM EST
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junko.yoshida
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Life after Fujitsu Semi
junko.yoshida   11/25/2013 5:20:08 PM
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I was in Yokohama and met Mr. Takashi Fuse for the first time.
His candid and open-minded comments have made me realize that those who moved to Spansion from Fujitsu Semi are indeed energized.

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eCT in other embedded MCUs?
junko.yoshida   11/26/2013 3:40:32 AM
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Forgive my ignorance here...but I wonder if there are other MCU vendors also looking at Spansion's eCT? Or now that Spancion has MCUs and competes with them, they won't do it?

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Re: eCT in other embedded MCUs?
alex_m1   11/26/2013 5:24:25 AM
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@junko renesas offers 40nm embedded flash mcu, and licenses the embedded flash, so far no takers for licensing AFAIK. And I remember seeing some pdf claiming ect is the cheapest embedded flash in the market.

boblespam
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Cortex A9 ?
boblespam   11/26/2013 5:27:24 AM
What about bigger processors from Fujitsu, like those based on Cortex A9 ?

GermanInTI
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Fuse, your past influences how your future unfolds...
GermanInTI   11/27/2013 1:20:33 AM
Only low profile people criticizes their past to validate the future, now I see this Vice President Takeshi Fuse is one of them. He was once the president of MCU group in Fujitsu when I met him two years ago, he must have had the power to convert his MCU team in a global way. Now he says under Fujitsu Semiconductor, "We had not been able to crack either the North American or European markets very well.", which means he was not able to crack.lol Now he is Spansion and became a superman

I had more trust to Fujitsu MCU than the Chapter 11 Spansion's, I can only laugh to the comments...

Small advise, not only does dissing how you got to where you are dishonor your past and make for some negative juju, it weighs on your transformational process. How you regard your past influences how your future unfolds. pretty complex!

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Re: eCT in other embedded MCUs?
alex_m1   11/27/2013 6:47:05 AM
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@Junko,

I haven't heard anybody licensing any 40nm embedded flash. I believe currently only renesas offers this option, but my guess is that even if it does happen, it would be a closely guarded secret.

If i was to guess , i would guess NXP is preparing/experimenting for such a future. It's LPC4350/LPC4370 multi-core microcontrollers with large ram and external flash at a reasonable cost looks like an experiment in designing interesting microcontrollers when you aren't so limited by flash the and amount of gates. It's also sort of an insurance policy: if they won't have ability to integrate the flash when using newer processes, so they'll be very good at integrating cheap external flash memories.

 

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Re: eCT in other embedded MCUs?
Ray255   11/27/2013 8:11:53 AM
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@Junko: maybe you ask the foundry behind Spansion's eCT Flash macro if they will and/or can license this technology to the rest of the world?

@alex_m1: I think there are several foundries offering 40nm embedded Flash in the near to not to far future. I am not aware about the exact conditions though.

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Re: eCT in other embedded MCUs?
junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 12:14:23 PM
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@Ray255, good points. I will follow this up! Thanks.

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Re: Cortex A9 ?
GermanInTI   11/28/2013 3:16:42 AM
I found some press releases, they go focus on bigger big-little

http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800687053_499489_NT_b3b33d06.HTM

and Linaro

http://www.linaro.org/news/release/fujitsu-semiconductor-joins-linaro/en

but not sure if it's A9...

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