SANTA CLARA & HAUPPAUGE, USA: Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and SMSC, a leading semiconductor company providing Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity solutions, announced that Kilopass’ XPM NVM has passed SMSC’s TrueAuto automotive quality process, and will be embedded in many of SMSC’s TrueAuto ICs.
SMSC’s TrueAuto approach goes far beyond the stress tests prescribed by the AEC-Q100 specifications. It is a total quality approach that includes the design, the qualification and the production of the integrated circuits with the goal of zero defects per million.
“We are pleased that Kilopass’ XPM NVM technology has passed SMSC’s TrueAutoTM automotive quality process,” said Dr. Christian Thiel, vice president and general manager of SMSC’s Automotive Information Systems group.
“Critical keys, configuration, and manufacturing information are kept in the NVM, and high reliability, low defects per million, and high temperature field operations are a must in our embedded NVM requirements. Kilopass’ technology has satisfied our expectations and its scalable technology provides us with a future NVM roadmap.”
Kilopass embedded NVM is implemented in standard CMOS without additional masks or foundry processing steps. Designed for mass production, it follows foundry design for manufacturability (DFM) design rules, utilizes standard devices supplied by the foundry, and requires no additional overlay tolerance or process control. Yield matches the foundry process, and quality and reliability are guaranteed through the rigorous characterization and qualification of XPM.
“We are proud to have SMSC as a long-term partner,” said Kilopass CEO Charlie Cheng, “and we are excited to be part of their TrueAuto product line, which is used from luxury to volume automotive makers. We are committed to deliver high quality and reliable embedded NVM solutions to the automotive semiconductor market. The high and low temperature and voltage tolerances of Kilopass’ XPM technology are well-suited for the automotive environment and quality standards.”