SOURCE: Impinj, Inc.

June 20, 2005 06:00 ET

Impinj and TSMC Qualify AEON™ Memory

World's First Multiple Time Programmable Non-Volatile Memory and E2 Replacement Now Available in Cost-Effective, Standard Logic CMOS Process; Adopted by Leading Chip Companies

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- Impinj, Inc., the fabless semiconductor company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its semiconductor intellectual property (IP) business, has completed qualification of its AEON Memory, a portfolio of embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) cores, at leading semiconductor foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) (TAIEX: 2330) (NYSE: TSM).

The world's first multiple-time-programmable (MTP) NVM cores manufactured in standard logic CMOS processes, Impinj's AEON Memory is designed to replace older E2 memory technology and has been adopted by a number of leading semiconductor companies including National Semiconductor, Primarion, ZMD, Spatialight, Toppan, and Dragonchip.

The qualified AEON Memory product line consists of hard macro cell cores in 64bits to 16kbits configurations. Of particular interest to analog and mixed signal designers who require small but crucial amounts of embedded NVM in leading-edge chip designs, Impinj's AEON Memory facilitates the storage of configuration, address, data, trim, and encryption key information vital to a wide range of consumer, industrial, and communications electronics products and markets.

"Impinj's AEON Memory portfolio is an important extension to our 0.25µm CMOS process and extends the capability of what designers can do with our main stream standard logic process," said Chun-Mai Liu, Director of Derivative Technology Marketing at TSMC. "Achievement of the qualification milestone with no additional masking steps or process alterations allows TSMC to broadly support the technology."

"As one of Impinj's lead customers for the AEON Memory technology, we went through extensive qualification testing prior to releasing our RF product into high volume production," said Matt Penry, Product Line Director for National Semiconductor. "The AEON Memory NVM technology has worked as advertised and provided us with a reliable solution for limited size embedded E2 memory needs at small process geometries."

Available in 0.18µm and 0.25µm TSMC CMOS processes, Impinj's AEON Memory is also in mass production at leading mixed signal integrated circuit provider, Primarion. "Primarion's high reliability power management solutions required the right combination of low power, efficient silicon area, and high reliability," said Ken Ostrom, vice president of engineering at Primarion.

"After thorough internal qualification testing, we concluded that Impinj's AEON Memory was the best solution."

Market Need

Impinj's AEON Memory is optimized for small bit-count embedded applications, including on-chip analog trim, product calibration, customer-specific configuration, and encryption key storage. The diverse applications for AEON Memory include: LCD drivers (for storing analog calibration data), RF devices such as chips for wireless LAN, RF headsets and RF speakers (for storing system address and identification information) and dedicated-function microcontrollers (for storage of program code) all of which ship over one billion units per year. In an independent survey of 47 companies conducted by a leading market research firm 73% of respondents require NVM in their next design, 71% use densities below 16 kilobits and an overwhelming 95% must have an MTP solution because one-time programmable (OTP) memories lack the necessary flexibility.

Technical Data and Availability

Available immediately, AEON Memory hard IP blocks are silicon-proven and fully qualified in TSMC's 0.25 µm 2.5v/3.3v logic CMOS processes. The qualification process included tests for endurance, data retention storage life and high temperature operating life. Impinj provides AEON Memory customers with physical layout files, simulation models, timing information, and all technical documentation necessary for successful incorporation of AEON Memory blocks into chip designs. Users can select from over 160 configurations providing control over memory size, word width and page sizes. All configurations operate over a temperature range from 0° C to 85° C. A qualification report is available through Impinj or TSMC.

About Impinj, Inc.

Impinj, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two synergistic business lines: high performance RFID products and cost-effective semiconductor intellectual property (SIP). A leading contributor to the RFID standards for high volume supply-chain applications worldwide, Impinj leverages its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver the GrandPrix™ solution, comprising tags, readers, software and systems integration to offer RFID that just works™. Impinj's innovative SIP products, core to the company's RFID tags, are licensed to leading semiconductor companies worldwide, allowing them to cost-effectively integrate crucial nonvolatile memory (NVM) alongside analog and digital functionality on a single chip. Impinj's SIP products include the popular AEON™ memory, the world's first rewriteable NVM technology compatible with logic CMOS manufacturing, and AEFuse™, the world's first rewriteable fuse architecture. For more information, visit

Impinj, Self-Adaptive Silicon, AEON and AEFuse are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Impinj, Incorporated.

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