Memory modules to
be manufactured by foundry
A licensing agreement allows non-volatile memory (NVM) modules for radio frequency identification (RFID) and mixed-signal applications to be manufactured by an independent specialty foundry
Virage Logic has signed a licensing agreement that allows its NOVeA non-volatile memory (NVM) modules for radio frequency identification (RFID) and mixed-signal applications to be manufactured by Tower Semiconductor, an independent specialty foundry. Through this agreement, Virage Logic and Tower are providing customers with access to a proven foundry source for both cost-effective prototyping and high-volume manufacturing of products requiring a modest amount of embedded NVM.
According to Frost and Sullivan, the potential for RFID-based industrial manufacturing applications is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.3% from 2005 to 2012 in North America (Frost and Sullivan Research Service, World RFID Markets - Investment Analysis and Growth Opportunities).
'Virage Logic's expertise in mixed- signal and RF on standard 180nm CMOS technology enabled achieving competitively small cell size with the low power consumption', says Yossi Netzer, General Manager of mixed-signal and RF product line at Tower Semiconductor.
'Having access to NOVeA's proven nonvolatile memory should help Tower customers accelerate their time to volume and time to market for cost-sensitive applications'.
'The collaboration between Virage Logic and Tower Semiconductor has resulted in NOVeA being designed into a high-volume secure Flash memory card design using Tower to fabricate the silicon and another Tower customer has received EPCglobal certification on a Gen2 RFID tag using NOVeA technology', says Pat Lasserre, Director of NOVeA Marketing for Virage Logic.
'With this latest agreement, we are pleased to expand our proven partnership and offer our mutual customers another leading foundry source for mixed- signal and RF silicon'.
This news follows Virage Logic's recent announcement about the availability of the next generation NOVeA that helps provide designers of consumer and secure applications with significant area and power reductions.
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