Silicon Storage Technology Announces Availability of its Smartbit® OTP NVM Technology on Altis Semiconductor’s 130 nm and 180 nm RF CMOS Platform

Smartbit Technology Offers Superior Reliability and Reduced Production Cost
Tags / Keywords: IoT, NVM, OTP, RF CMOS, Smartbit, SoC, antifuse, dynamic programming, qualified automotive, sensors

CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2016 [NASDAQ:  MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, announced today that System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designers now have access to SST’s unique Smartbit™ based antifuse One-Time-Programmable (OTP) Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technology on the Altis Semiconductor 130 nm and 180 nm RF CMOS platforms. A long-established, innovative specialty foundry, Altis Semiconductor’s cost-effective and proven RF CMOS platform is qualified to automotive standards. SST’s Smartbit OTP technology together with Altis RF CMOS process is ideal for wide temperature ranges and data retention in medical and implantable devices, automotive market applications, mobile and wireless applications and the general Internet of Things (IoT) market.

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“SST’s Smartbit OTP technology provides SoC designers with an extremely high reliability solution,” said Vipin Tiwari, director of marketing and business development at SST. “Since our engagement began over two years ago, Altis Semiconductor has been working with us to support our mutual customers with SST’s unique Smartbit technology on both 130 nm and 180 nm nodes. We are excited about the opportunity to offer a competitive platform to our mutual customers.”

SST’s SmartBit OTP solution significantly reduces production costs by implementing a high density antifuse technology in standard logic CMOS without additional process steps. The Smartbit bit cell design and unique dynamic-programming technology maximize both device reliability and pro­gramming yield while offering faster programming and access time than other OTP technologies.

"Altis Semiconductor recognizes the need for highly reliable OTP memory in a small footprint," said Delphine Knaak, senior marketing manager for IT and partnership at Altis Semiconductor. "Our collaboration with SST has resulted in automotive qualified, Smartbit-based antifuse OTP technology that is already in production with leading international clients.”

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Microchip Technology’s SST subsidiary is a leading provider of embedded Flash technology. SST develops, designs, licenses and markets a diversified range of proprietary and patented SuperFlash memory technology solutions for the consumer, industrial, automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. SST was founded in 1989, went public in 1995 (NASDAQ: SSTI), and was acquired by Microchip in April 2010. SST is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip, and is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit the SST Web site at
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