STMicro and Memoir Systems join advanced memory and semiconductor tech for faster, cooler, and simpler embedded memories

Date
11/21/2013

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STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced its close collaboration with Memoir Systems has made the revolutionary Algorithmic Memory Technology available for embedded memories in application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and Systems on Chips (SoCs) manufactured in STs fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology.

When integrated into products made using STs FD-SOI, Memoirs Algorithmic Memories deliver uncompromised performance as a result of FD-SOIs recognized power and performance advantages[1]. Moreover, combining FD-SOIs extremely low Soft Error Rate[2] and ultra-low leakage currents creates a uniquely compelling value proposition for mission-critical applications, including networking, transportation, medical, and aerospace programs.

On its own, FD-SOI process technology produces ASICs and SoCs that run faster and cooler than devices built from alternative process technologies, said Philippe Magarshack, Executive Vice President, Design Enablement and Services, STMicroelectronics. In adding outstanding third-party intellectual property from Memoir Systems, we are making FD-SOI even more appealing and demonstrating how simple porting is.

With our commitment to breakthrough memory technology, accelerated design times, and extreme high-performance, making our best-in-class Algorithmic Memory Technology available on FD-SOI was important to us and our customers, said Sundar Iyer, co-founder and CEO at Memoir Systems. The ease of porting, together with the performance weve seen, confirms that FD-SOI is faster, cooler, and simpler.

A leading manufacturer of ASICs, ST is the first semiconductor supplier to make available the exciting fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology that extends and simplifies existing planar, bulk-silicon manufacturing approaches. An FD-SOI transistor operates at higher frequencies than equivalent transistor manufactured using bulk CMOS because of improved transistor electrostatic characteristics and a shorter channel length.

[1] Products manufactured in FD-SOI have been found to produce as much as 30% faster performance and as much as 30% greater energy efficiency when compared with the same products manufactured in bulk technology. 
[2] SER is 50 to 100 times better than equivalent Bulk, measured below 10 FIT/Mb (Failure-in-Time or failures per billion-chip hours).

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