Five New Customers License Impinj's AEON™ Memory
August 2, 2004 - Seattle, WA
Impinj, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company whose patented Self-Adaptive Silicon® technology enables its two business lines: semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) and high performance RFID products, today announced that its AEON™ memory, the industry's lowest cost, rewritable, embedded nonvolatile memory (NVM) technology, has been licensed by the following companies for use in a broad range of electronics products:
- Dragonchip Limited (System chip and microcontroller provider)
- Primarion (Mixed-signal semiconductor company)
- SpatiaLight, Inc. (Liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) microdisplay manufacturer)
- Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Electronics and consumer products manufacturer)
- Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden (ZMD) (Sensor and wireless applications chip provider)
AEON addresses the need for moderate amounts of reprogrammable NVM in chips for a variety of rapidly growing, high volume end-markets, including LCD display drivers, application-specific microcontrollers, and radio frequency identification (RFID). Embedded NVM allows designers to incorporate on-chip analog trim, product configuration and calibration, and customer-specific data storage into a system. The AEON design kit, a turnkey solution, eases the integration of NVM into high volume system-on-chip (SoC) products, thus reducing chip costs while increasing functionality of products that integrate digital and analog.
"Impinj's AEON memory technology is demonstrating its promise: wringing more performance from existing processes and allowing digital, analog and NVM to be more tightly coupled," said Bob Merritt, Director of Emerging Markets at Semico Research Corporation. "AEON memory is completely different from other approaches and is much more cost-effective. The benefits of AEON memory could positively impact almost every sector of the semiconductor industry."
Unlike traditional, complex embedded memory technologies, such as FLASH and EEPROM, that rely on specialized semiconductor manufacturing processes, Impinj's AEON memory is manufactured using standard logic CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) processes from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest dedicated chip foundry.
"AEON memory is a key component in enabling ZMD to produce highly integrated, cost-effective RF transceivers for the ZigBee™ market," said Kory Brown, Vice President, Wireless Products for ZMD America. "Impinj's support and product performance have been important to our product success."
In addition to reduced chip development time and manufacturing costs, customers benefit from AEON‘s ease of use, low power consumption and industry standard data retention and endurance, essential components in high volume applications.
"Impinj is delighted with the rapidly growing list of companies who have licensed AEON memory for a wide variety of exciting electronics applications," said Larry Morrell, Vice President IP Products at Impinj. "Our customers tell us that AEON memory allows them to quickly and cost-effectively bring chips to market with much higher levels of functionality and therefore much broader market appeal."
Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
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