NSCore Contracts with K-Micro to License Logic Nonvolatile Memory IP

(posted on Mar 14, 2008)

IC designers to benefit from reduction of external memory and interconnection between ASIC and memory chip
FUKUOKA, JAPAN and SAN JOSE, CALIF. – March 24, 2008
NSCore, Inc., a supplier of nonvolatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and Kawasaki Microelectronics, Inc. (K-micro), a leader in High-End ASICs, today announced a licensing agreement that will add NSCore’s PermSRAM® embedded logic nonvolatile memory technology to K-micro’s ASIC intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

“We are very pleased to enter into a licensing arrangement with NSCore because adding NSCore’s PermSRAM technologies to our IP portfolio provides great value to our customers.” said Mr. Kyoichi Kissei, Executive Vice President, K-micro. “There are a number of applications that will gain from the use of PermSRAM technology, and we plan to offer it to all of our customers.  Cost-sensitive consumer applications, for example, will benefit from the reduction of external memory on their boards as well as the reduction of the interconnection between the ASIC and memory chip.”

PermSRAM technology provides nonvolatile memory for SoC, ASIC, and ASSP using a standard CMOS logic process without any additional mask or process steps. PermSRAM is an ideal solution for an IC designer who is developing a chip that requires an internal function for analog trimming, program storage, encryption key, chip ID, look up table, etc.

“We are pleased that K-micro decided to license our technology to benefit thier customers.” said Mr. Tadahiko Horiuchi, President & CEO, NSCore. “K-micro provided valuable support and assistance during our development and verification phases, and we plan to continue working with the company as we advance our technology and migrate to more advanced 65nm and 45nm processes. Our relationship with K-micro, and their advanced customer base will drive us to develop advanced products and technology to meet the future needs of the market.”

About NSCore
Founded in 2004, NSCore develops, licenses, and markets innovative nonvolatile memory technologies for SoC semiconductors which are implemented on high volume, popular CMOS processes without extra steps, masks or process modifications. NSCore’s patented PermSRAM offers the optimum combination of extremely small MTP macro size, fast READ/WRITE similar to SRAM with very low cost.  PermSRAM is not only scalable to 65nm generation and beyond but, also is fully testable which is unique to NSCore.  PermSRAM’s excellent process portability, high yield and automotive level reliability gives SoC design engineers the tools to conceive and build cost effective products with very short TAT. For more information, please visit

About K-micro (Kawasaki Microelectronics America, Inc.)
K-micro’s innovative ASIC technologies and world-class design support are used in the consumer electronics, computer, office-automation, networking and storage markets. The company is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Technical Committee T10 for SCSI Storage Interfaces, Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum, Digital Universal Plug and Play Forum (UPnP), the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG), Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA), Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), and OCP International Partnership (OCP-IP). K-micro has design centers in San Jose, Taipei, and Tokyo. For more information, contact the company at 408-570-0555, or visit

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PermSRAM Licensed to ROHM

(posted on Aug 24, 2007)

NSCore’s PermSRAM® Nonvolatile Memory Licensed to ROHM

Fukuoka, Japan – Aug 24, 2007

NSCore, Inc., a supplier of nonvolatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), today announced an agreement under which NSCore’s PermSRAM technology is licensed to ROHM (Tokyo:6963), a Japanese leading semiconductor manufacturer for use throughout its logic products. NSCore’s PermSRAM will enable high-performance embedded non-volatile memory solution in ROHM’s SoC designs for their Consumer, Communication and all other applications.

“Since most of Rohm’s customers are now demanding products from us with embedded OTP or FTP memory we decided to thoroughly research NV options for over a year” said Director of Rohm LSI Development Systems Headquarters. “We needed a high speed NV Memory that required only a small area, and which would be quick and easy to integrate into not just our .18um process, but into future process generations. NSCore’s PermSRAM technology is the obvious choice”.

“We are glad that Rohm appreciates the vitality of our technology” said NSCore’s president Dr Tadahiko Horiuchi. The PermSRAM implementation is particularly resilient to process variations and does not require additional process steps or masks. Retention and reliability is excellent even up to 150 degrees C. The PermSRAM portability has been proven down to 65nm.

About NSCore

Founded in 2004, NSCore develops and licenses non volatile memory technologies for SoC semiconductors developed for digital rights management, LCD gamma adjustment, power management and other applications needing fast, multiple write NV Memory. For more information, please visit

About Rohm

Established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958, ROHM designs and manufactures integrated circuits and other electronic components. The company’s product line includes monolithic ICs, power modules, transistors, diodes, light emitting diodes, laser diodes, liquid crystal displays, printheads, contact image sensors, photo link modules, resistors and capacitors. ROHM has manufacturing plants in seven countries and a global sales operation from the Far East to North America. ROHM is among the top twenty semiconductor manufacturers worldwide.

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Moved Headquarters to Fukuoka

(posted on Jun 25, 2007)

NSCore Moved Headquarters to Fukuoka City


NSCore moved its headquarters from Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka to Fukuoka City, Fukuoka.

Asia Innovation Initiative 2007

(posted on Jun 7, 2007)

CEO of NSCore Invited to Asia Innovation Initiative 2007

Dr. Horiuchi, CEO of NSCore, is invited as a panelist for Asia Innovation Initiative 2007. Asia Innovation Initiative 2007 was organized by Quantum Leaps Corp., Smadja & Associates, and Forma Corp., and held from June 6 and 7, 2007, at Hotel Okura Fukuoka.

NSCore Broadcasted on News Show

(posted on May 29, 2007)

NSCore broadcasted on Japanese news show “SuperNews” of TNC (Television Nishinippon Corp.) as Prime Startup Company.