HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Etron Technology Inc. and chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. here announced the world's smallest 8-megabit low-power SRAM -- a memory chip measuring less than 40 mm2.
The 8-Mbit SRAM was developed by nine-year-old Etron, which claims to be Taiwan's largest fabless memory company. The chip is based on TSMC's 0.15-micron process technology.
"TSMC is the first dedicated foundry to introduce a commercially available 0.15-micron process and to deliver wafers at that technology node," said Shang-Yi Chiang, vice president of R&D at TSMC. "Cooperating with Etron Technology, TSMC has manufactured the most competitive product on the market in the shortest period of time, demonstrating the powerful capabilities of our 0.15-micron process technology."
According to Nicky Lu, chairman of Etron, the 8-Mbit low-power SRAM was fully functional "even in the first pilot lot and achieved high yield without re pair." He said Etron is confident the product will reach volume production in the third quarter of 2000 with high levels of yields.
The memory operates at 1.5 and 1.8 volts, but matches the performance of other SRAMs running with 3-volt supplies, Lu said. "This chip is targeted for high-end cellular phones using the wireless application protocol (eWAP), this will enable system developers to march into more advanced eWAP generations," he added.