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Semiconductor Insights inc.

June 01, 2006 07:00 ET

Micron 95nm 512Mb 6F'2' Mobile SDRAM Recognized as Most Innovative DRAM

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - Semiconductor Insights (SI), the leader in technical and patent analyses of integrated circuits and electronic systems, today announced that it has awarded Micron's 95nm 512Mb 6F(2) Mobile SDRAM the 2006 INSIGHT Award for Most Innovative DRAM. "Micron's latest 6F(2) Mobile SDRAM builds on the success of its previous generation 6F(2) technology pushing advanced process lithography", stated Geoff MacGillivray, SI's Technology Manager - Memory. "So far, Samsung is the only other identified vendor to venture into the 6F(2) foray with a 110nm component."

6F(2) technology offers many advantages over the 8F2 layout currently implemented by competitors. The 6F(2) cell size reduces array area and thus reduces manufacturing costs, an extremely important attribute in the price sensitive DRAM market. Despite the advantages of 6F(2) technology there are several design challenges, including array architecture, worldine coupling, and sense amplifier layout that has prevented many from pursuing the technology.

"Being a technology leader continues to offer new and exciting challenges for our design team, and Micron is pleased that our accomplishments have been recognized by Semiconductor Insights' 2006 INSIGHT Award program," said John Schreck, Micron vice president of DRAM Development. "By implementing 6F(2) technology in our mobile memory, Micron is able to offer our clients added performance, lower standby power, and improved reliability into an aggressive form factor. These innovative design methodologies give Micron a competitive advantage in mobile DRAM that is also being implemented in our CellularRam product line."

Recent SI analysis of competing DRAM devices positions Micron favorably in the market. "By using a 95nm process and 6F(2) technology, Micron achieves the smallest cell size of any DRAM device analyzed to date at only 0.054um2", stated MacGillivray. "Other competitors will have to work hard to learn from Micron's previous and current generation 6F(2) solutions to deliver a competitive product."

Additional Information:
- Image - Micron's 512Mb 6F(2) Mobile SDRAM Die Photo

- About Micron's 512Mb 6F(2) Mobile SDRAM

- About the INSIGHT Awards

- About Semiconductor Insights

Semiconductor Insights (SI) is the leading technical advisor to the world's microelectronics community. SI supports its clients in asserting their intellectual property (IP) rights and developing and commercializing new technologies and products, through in-depth technical investigation of integrated circuits and electronic systems. Typical clients are major electronics and semiconductor corporations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, and North America and their representing law firms. SI has participated in virtually every major semiconductor licensing campaign since the company's inception in 1989 and clients include such hallmarks as Infineon, Intel, TSMC, and Texas Instruments.

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