Impinj Delivers Reprogrammable Nonvolatile Memory IP Breakthrough - AEON®/MTP World's First 2.5V Floating-Gate NVM in TSMC's 65 Nanometer Process

Sep 26, 2007

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 26, 2007) - Leading logic nonvolatile memory (NVM)intellectual property (IP) supplier, Impinj, Inc., today announced that thecompany's multiple-time programmable AEON®/MTP memory designed with 2.5Vfloating-gate transistors has been silicon-verified in Taiwan SemiconductorManufacturing Co.'s (TSMC's) 65 nm LP process. A semiconductor technologybreakthrough that leverages Impinj's extensive semiconductor designexpertise and TSMC's advanced manufacturing capability, AEON/MTP is thefirst available NVM IP based on floating gate technology with 2.5Vtransistors. Impinj is also developing AEON/MTP NVM cores in TSMC's 45 nmprocesses to address escalating demand from leading-edge system-on-chip(SoC) designers for logic NVM in industry-leading process geometries.

Embedded in more than 600 million chips from leading semiconductorcompanies, AEON/MTP cores allow many more IC designs to leverage thebenefits of multiple-time programmable (MTP) NVM in standard logic CMOSprocesses. Multiple-time programmable NVM provides significant SoC designflexibility and testability advantages over one-time programmable NVM,including security key refresh capability, in-field user data configurationand in-field performance optimization.

The 65 nm AEON/MTP product meets the following performance specifications:

  • Availability in 32 bit to 8k bit configurations for maximum design flexibility
  • 15k write-cycle endurance for frequent in-field updating or reprogramming
  • 10-year data retention for long product life
  • -40 to +125°C operating temperature for high demand industrial applications

"The availability of AEON/MTP in 65 nm processes dispels a long-heldindustry misconception that floating gates manufactured in 2.5V processesdo not retain charge," said Larry Morrell, vice president and generalmanager of IP Products at Impinj. "AEON/MTP NVM with 2.5V floating gatetransistors has been put through rigorous testing and its reliability andperformance have been proven."

Impinj's AEON/MTP cores in TSMC's 65 nm process are available in Novemberto qualified customers with broad availability in the first quarter of2008. Development of AEON/MTP cores in TSMC's 45 nm process is underwaywith planned availability in late 2008.

To request datasheets and additional information about Impinj's AEON logicnonvolatile memory, please visit

About Impinj, Inc.

Impinj, Inc. is a semiconductor and RFID company whose patentedSelf-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables two synergistic business lines:high-performance RFID solutions and semiconductor intellectual property(IP). Impinj is the leading technical innovator in developing UHF RFIDsolutions for both item-level and supply-chain tagging worldwide. Impinjdraws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver theGrandPrix™ RFID solution comprising high-performance tags, readers,software, antennas, and systems integration. Impinj also licensesinnovative IP products to leading semiconductor companies worldwide,allowing them to seamlessly integrate crucial nonvolatile memory (NVM)alongside analog and digital functionality on a single chip. Impinj's IPproducts include the popular AEON® family of embeddable cores, whichprovide rewriteable NVM technology in logic CMOS manufacturing. For moreinformation, visit

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