MTP on 28nm HKMG process

(posted on Nov 6, 2018)

NSCore Inc. Addresses the IoT market need for an NVM IP Solution in advanced process nodes using Hi-k Metal Gate with their Multi-Time Programmable (MTP) Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) IP Solution

FUKUOKA, Japan, Nov. 5, 2018 / — The Embedded Flash Memory (NVM) technology has been a key component of the MCU and the IoT marketplace of several generations of technologies. Despite a significant amount of R+D effort, there is not a commercially available Embedded Flash Solution with Floating Gate or SONOS cells in the 28nm and lower process nodes which utilizing Hi-k Metal Gate (HKMG). Access to a low cost NVM IP solution in these advanced technology nodes, 28nm and below, is needed in the IoT market. It will result in a significant increase in the number of applications, and market adoption for IoT chip designs.

To address this need, NSCore is developing a new bit-cell structure, “P-Channel Schottky Cell”, on HKMG. It will require NO additional processing steps and it is targeted to achieve 10K cycles of endurance.

NSCore’s 30+ patents the its ability to build NVM IP solutions without any additional layers in a standard digital process, enables it to provide this unique solution in the 28nm technology node and beyond. The recently announced strategic relationship with Spectral Design & Test will also enable NSCore to offer a Compiler version of their NVM IP. This feature will enhance the chip designer abilities to make design and physical layout trade-offs as they architecture new chip designs.

The overall targeted performance for this new NVM are: 10usec of program time, 10K cycles of endurance and over 10 years of retention.

Since the NSCore NVM solution does not require any additional processing steps in the standard logic process, it will be a low cost NVM IP solution. Also due to the planar nature of these advanced but non-FinFET process nodes, many industry experts expect them to be the workhorse technology nodes for all future IoT development activity, and NSCore is looking to play a significant role in this market.

MTP/OTP Memory Compilers

(posted on Oct 11, 2018)

SOMERVILLE, N.J., Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spectral Design & Test Inc. (SDT), the leading provider of embedded MemoryIP, announced it has signed a joint marketing agreement (JMA) with NSCore Inc to OEM MTP/OTP solutions based on SDT’s Memory Development EDA platform. The combination of targeted automation software and silicon proven NVM IP for MTP/OTP, customers will now have access to One/Multiple Time Programmable (OTP/MTP) non-volatile flash memory that can be configured for their PPA requirements. New IOT applications require architectural exploration with requirements changing through the product development lifecycle. The Spectral and NSCore partnership is designed to deliver innovative embedded memory technology to semiconductor chip designers and system integrators. The JMA includes joint development, sales, marketing and service investments to support both companies MemoryIP and software product lines.

OTP/MTP solutions from NSCore are silicon proven from 180nm to 22nm process nodes. Spectral sells software for tiling, analysis, characterization and verification of MemoryIP. The methodology and  expertise to develop Memory Compilers enables Spectral to efficiently develop cost-effective solutions without upsetting the customers ecosystem. Spectral will work closely with NSCore engineers to provide configurable OTP/MTP solutions to the marketplace. Both companies will leverage their respective sales channel to deploy each other’s MemoryIP offerings.

“NSCore is a leader in non-volatile memory solutions with a very unique technology that ensures a highly reliable and secure MTP/OTP product line that is thoroughly tested for reliability & endurance over a wide range of technologies,” said Deepak Mehta, President and CEO of SDT. “By combining Spectral’s one-of-a-kind Memory Development software and NSCore’s patent-protected IP from NSCore, our customers will benefit with a highly flexible solution that provides NVM technology with no extra process steps.”

“Spectral has world-class expertise and infrastructure to create configurable memory designs,” said Tadahiko Horiuchi, President & CEO of NSCore. “Spectral’s expertise in developing SRAM/RF/ROM compilers in conjunction with our high capacity OTP/MTP solutions will help us deploy a highly differentiated product that benefits our mutual customers. NSCore will help Spectral expand their footprint in the Far East for their Memory Compiler automation software & MemoryIP (SRAM/RF/ROM), complementing the effort Spectral will put toward supporting and tapping the OTP/MTP market in the Americas.”

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TSMC 2018 Forum – Santa Clara

(posted on Sep 13, 2018)

Visit NSCore at the TSMC 2018 NA OIP Ecosystem Forum


03 October 2018

TSMC 2018 OIP Ecosystem Forum

Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA, USA

TSMC 2018 Technology Symposium -Japan

(posted on Apr 20, 2018)

Visit NSCore at the TSMC 2018 Japan Technology Symposium


29 Jun 2018

TSMC 2018 Japan Technology Symposium

Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
2-3-7, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku,Yokohama,
Kanagawa, Japan 220-8543

TSMC 2018 Technology Workshop -Austin

(posted on Apr 20, 2018)

Visit NSCore at the TSMC 2018 Austin Technology Workshop


09 May 2018

TSMC 2018 Austin Technology Workshop

Hilton Austin Airport Hotel
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
9515 Hotel Dr, Austin, TX, USA