Why Embedded NVM is an Important Part of Every SoC
By Xerxes Wania (Sidense)
Virtually every SoC needs some type of memory to perform one or more critical functions, including code storage, secure key storage, device configuration, analog/sensor trimming and calibration, and device identification. As device cost, power and security considerations continue to grow in importance, more of this memory is being embedded into the SoCs that contain processor, communication and encryption cores, along with other IP.
Compared to external memory, embedded memory cores are more power efficient, reduce system size and cooling requirements and offer far greater security for stored information. With the exponential growth of the Smart Connected Universe, comprising the mobile computing, IoT, wearables, medical, industrial and automotive market segments, SoCs for these applications are increasingly dependent on embedded memory, particularly non-volatile memory. This talk will discuss the various types of embedded NVM and where each is best suited to perform a particular type of function.
Xerxes Wania has over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and engineering in the semiconductor intellectual property industry. Before Sidense, he was the Director of Mixed-Signal Marketing at Synopsys where he was involved in marketing and business development activities for Synopsys' mixed-signal semiconductor IP products. Prior to Synopsys, Xerxes was the President of inSilicon Canada and Vice President of Mixed-Signal Business for inSilicon worldwide. inSilicon was a semiconductor IP market leader before being acquired by Synopsys in 2002. Xerxes successfully grew inSilicon Canada into a profitable business, which in 2001 was listed among the Top 50 Canada's Hottest Startups. Xerxes was also previously the founder and CEO of Xentec Inc., acquired by inSilicon.