Kilopass NVM IP Cores Deliver Footprint and Pin-Compatibility Across Eight Top-Tier Foundries for the 130/110-nm Process Node
May 15, 2012 -- Kilopass Technology, Inc. today announced that SOC designers can select any hard IP core, IP supplied as GDSII hard macro, from the entire library of Kilopass XPM (eXtra Permanent Memory) and Gusto NVM IP, drop it into a design for fabrication at any of eight top-tier foundries at the 130/110-nm node. Designers can use the same interface and achieve the same area at all of the eight foundries at 130/110nm, making foundry mobility far simpler than before.
"In the past, it might have been possible to move a design from one foundry to another but the size and interface of the NVM IP block would vary from one foundry's process to another. Designers would need to tweak the interface, and accept or redesign for differences in area that individual foundry 130/110-nm processes produced," said Lee Cleveland, Vice President of Engineering at Kilopass. "Kilopass has developed a common implementation at the 130/110 nanometer node that allows all our XPM and Gusto NVM IP cores to be fabricated at any of eight top-tier silicon foundries and deliver the same area using the same interface at each."
The 2T CMOS anti-fuse bit cell enabling Kilopass' common implementation is fabricated in standard CMOS logic process technology without requiring additional process steps or design rule waivers. Given the maturity of the 130/110-nm process, the physical design kits (PDKs) are industrial baselines enabling ease of footprint- and pin-compatibility across eight foundries while each foundry's GDSII remains unique. To ensure over 10 years of reliable product operation, Kilopass 2T bit cell undergoes comprehensive high-temperature operating life (HTOL) and high-temperature storage-life (HTSL) qualification testing. Kilopass NVM IP offerings in 130/110nm include 16-bit register files and 1kbit to 128kbit XPM IP blocks, and 256kbit to 2Mbit Gusto blocks to fit a wide variety of applications from securely storing copy protection algorithms, security codes, and encryption keys to IP addresses, analog/mixed signal trimming data, and boot code storage.
Kilopass 16-bit XPM register files, 1-kbit to 128-kbit XPM IP blocks, and 512-kbit to 2-Mbit Gusto blocks are available for eight top tier silicon foundries at the 130/110nm node. Contact Kilopass for pricing, a list of the foundries where Kilopass products are available, and for information on availability for the 180-nm node at the eight top-tier foundries.
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