Hsinchu, Taiwan --Aug. 06, 2013 -- eMemory, an embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) industry leader announced today that its multiple-times-programmable (MTP) NeoEE eNVM technology is now supported on the BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) process platforms. Furthermore, the company is proactively collaborating with top-tier Taiwanese and American IC design houses specializing in power management ICs for liquid crystal displays (LCD) to incorporate NeoEE technology in their P-Gamma IC solutions. With the advantage of the BCD process platforms, this progress will also accelerate the integration LCDs power management ICs while offering a high degree of flexibility in customization services.
To support an extensive range of customer requirements as well as strengthen BCD process technology and design service, eMemory has worked together with foundry partners to adopt NeoEE technology in BCD process platforms for offering a special process suitable for P-Gamma and power management ICs productions. P-Gamma ICs are used on LCD panels to control color contrast and accuracy for enhancing image quality and adjusting the panel to conform to custom color and resolution specifications. With the rising demand of high-resolution displays, the importance of P-Gamma ICs has become more and more evident. The applications of P-Gamma ICs cover medium to large size flat-panel televisions, as well as mobile devices such as tablet PCs and laptops; making its addressable market and development potential impossible to ignore. Taking tablet PCs as an example, according to projections of Digitimes Research, the global sales for branded and white box tablet PCs will reach 245 million units in 2013, representing an increase of 63.9% over the 155 million units sold in 2012. The surging market demand for high-resolution panel products will also serve as a driving force of the growth of related key components.
NeoEE technology offers a simple and robust structure as well as other advantages such as low power consumption, competitive cell size, and is programmable up to 1,000 to 100,000 cycles. Moreover, NeoEE is completely compatible with standard CMOS logic processes and does not require any additional mask layers, making it easy to be integrated into different process platforms. The most distinct advantage of P-Gamma ICs using NeoEE silicon IP (SIP) is the ability to replace traditional external color and resolution control components by built-in NeoEE silicon IP in IC designs, thereby increasing the level of system integration and reduce cell size as well as enhancing voltage precision with on-chip voltage control. With BCD process platforms, eMemory offers the best opportunity for the integration of P-Gamma ICs and power management ICs, further advances key LCD components’ system integration.
P-Gamma ICs helps to streamline plug-in components to achieve lighter and more compact product designs, which enhance the competitive advantages of customers’ products. The system integration also enables a high level of flexibility for customers while providing customized services. At present, eMemory and its long-term world-class foundry partners have already completed verification of NeoEE in 0.3um and 0.18um BCD processes, and is set to enter the mass production phase. At the same time, eMemory is proactively collaborating with top-tier Taiwanese and American IC design houses specializing in LCD panel power management ICs to incorporate NeoEE technology in their P-Gamma IC solutions, while actively assisting customers to implement system integration of P-Gamma ICs and power management ICs. By introducing NeoEE into BCD processes, eMemory will not only expand the breadth of applications for NeoEE silicon IP but also bring great benefits for customers; more importantly, the company will also contribute to a successful integration model for product applications.