Electronics & Computers

Kilopass XPM Wins Accelerometer Sensor Design

November 1, 2012

Fast analog trim at test time and in-field programmability make XPM NVM IP ideally suited for MEMS sensor applications.

SANTA CLARA, CA /Marketwire/ -- Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic nonvolatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), announced that its XPM (eXtra Permanent Memory) IP is designed into a new integrated circuit for a micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometer sensor targeting portable devices and tablets. MaruLSI Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company, based in Gyeonggi-do Province, South Korea, is designing the readout chip for MEMS sensors. XPM's ability to quickly trim at final test analog components that transform a MEMS sensor's analog signals into digital data made it attractive in this application. The ability of XPM NVM IP to be field programmed to offset analog component drift over time due to aging also made it well suited to the MEMS sensor application.

"MaruLSI is a leader in the design of sensor readout and ADCs for a wide range of applications," said Jung Hyun Nam, Ph.D., President and CEO of MaruLSI. "When we evaluated different solutions for providing trim data for the ADC in the system-on-chip design, we were building for our customer, we needed a proven solution, that could be implemented in 180 nm standard logic CMOS at our foundry, with a roadmap to smaller geometries and alternative foundries. Kilopass XPM IP met all these requirements."

"We are thrilled to be part of the MaruLSI chip design for the MEMS accelerometer sensor," said Linh Hong, Vice President of Marketing at Kilopass. "This application is ideally suited to our one-time programmable, antifuse, NVM IP technology, which has a track record for meeting the rigorous operating temperature and reliability standards for consumer designs. Our NVM IP is installed in 20 million set-top boxes, 50 million DVD chip sets, 100 million Wi-Fi modules, and 500 million FM tuners."

Antifuse NVM IP in Analog Mixed Signal
Antifuse NVM IP can be fabricated in standard logic CMOS at any process node 180 nm and below, and it can be programmed at test time or in the field. Thus, it is ideally suited to recover parametric yield loss due to process variation or design marginality or to trim circuit parameters that vary over time. For example, a design with a +/– 100 ppm clock frequency accuracy, which may not be achieved with silicon design, can be fine-tuned during ATE test using antifuse NVM IP; likewise for DACs and ADCs that need calibration for a target voltage range. For any analog function that can be digitally trimmed, antifuse NVM IP provides the ideal storage medium for these trim values.

About MaruLSI Ltd.
MaruLSI is a leading image sensor and processing semiconductor company, based in Shin-Dong, Suwon-Si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea. The company designs and builds ADCs and CCD and CMOS image sensors for closed circuit TV, video camera, mobile phone, digital still camera, scanner, robot vision, automotive, bio-metric, and bio-sensor applications.

About Kilopass
Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading supplier of embedded NVM intellectual property, leverages standard logic CMOS processes to deliver one-time programmable and many-time programmable memory. With 58 patents granted or pending and more than 800,000 wafers shipped from a dozen foundries and integrated device manufacturers, Kilopass has more than 150 customers in applications ranging from storage of firmware and security codes to calibration data and other application-critical information. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, email info@kilopass.com. Follow Kilopass on Twitter.

Gusto, Gusto-2, Numera, XPM, and XPM Xtend are trademarks of Kilopass Technology Inc.

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