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News Release from: Virage Logic | Subject: Novea
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 30 January 2007

Nonvolatile memory embeds security

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To support the low cost and high performance requirements of today's consumer and secure applications, Virage Logic has introduced its next generation embedded nonvolatile product

- Novea. Novea provides a multi-programmable embedded nonvolatile memory which is key in applications requiring sophisticated security and digital rights management (DRM) capabilities such as Flash memory cards, DVD players and recorders, set-top boxes and RFID tags. This next generation Novea product delivers significant area and power reductions to better address advanced consumer and secure applications.

Like previous Novea releases, this next generation product can be manufactured on a standard CMOS process.

At less than 50% the area of previous Novea versions, this new offering provides developers of cost sensitive consumer and secure applications with dramatic area savings.

Additionally, the new Novea consumes roughly 30% less power than previous Novea versions, important in consumer applications and in passive RFID tags, where the read distance is governed by power consumption.

With its 100% cell redundancy architecture, Novea also provides designers with high yield and reliability.

'As the market demands smaller and lower power devices, designers are requiring enabling technologies that can aid them in bringing low cost products to market more quickly', said Rich Wawrzyniak, Senior Analyst, Semico Research Corporation.

'The introduction of the latest Novea will help meet designers' current development requirements head-on, while also addressing security and encryption concerns'.

'Wireless networking technology for control and status reading applications requires low-cost and low-power solutions'.

'Virage Logic's next generation Novea technology, with its small size and power efficient design, allows us to address our cost and power requirements', said Niels Thybo Johansen, Chief Technical Officer for Zensys.

'Our next generation Novea product provides significant area and power savings enabling our customers to deploy more competitive and diverse end-applications', said Pat Lasserre, Director of Novea Marketing for Virage Logic.

'Since the first introduction of Novea in 2002, customers have looked to Virage Logic as their trusted IP partner for secure, cost effective alternatives to traditional embedded nonvolatile technologies'.

The next generation Novea, based on the existing Novea bit cell, addresses the unique requirements of consumer and secure applications.

As in previous releases of the product, Novea can be manufactured on a standard CMOS logic process.

This new product expands the density to 16Kbit, allowing EEPROM replacement in many applications.

As in previous generations, Novea requires no additional masking, process steps or process modifications.

It can be manufactured on a standard CMOS logic process thereby making it ideal for cost-sensitive consumer and secure applications like digital rights management that require less than 16Kbit of nonvolatile memory.

One-time programmable applications, such as programmable fuses, device ID or device options can also use Novea.

Unlike pure one time programmable solutions, Novea offers 100% verification at test.

Pure one time programmable devices are not verified at test if they are shipped unprogrammed to the end customer application.

Novea allows for device programming and thus verifies at test before erasing and shipping it unprogrammed to end applications.

Novea is reprogrammable in-system up to 100,000 times and has specified endurance for 10 years at 125C.

The next generation Novea is available today.

Pricing varies depending on process node: 180, 130 or 90nm.

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