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TSMC outs 100MHz 90nm flash memory for cars

Faster storage for in-car systems
Thu Aug 16 2012, 13:01

CHIP FAB TSMC has shown off 100MHz flash memory access for automotive and industrial applications.

TSMC's 28nm process node might get most of the press, but the firm operates a number of other process nodes including 90nm and 65nm that are used to stamp out somewhat mundane chips. Now the firm has said that it can offer 90nm 100MHz single access embedded flash memory to feed memory performance demands.

TSMC is banking on the need for automotive and industrial chips needing faster access to flash memory. The firm claims the 100Mhz access speed allows the memory to be mated to faster processors without keeping them waiting for more data to process.

Sreedhar Natarajan, director of Design and Technology Platform at TSMC said, "This clearly is the right macro at the right time to meet the rigorous demands placed upon MCUs in automotive, communications and industrial applications. The new IP is fully compatible with TSMC's 90nm logic process, allowing for re-use of existing embedded memories and logic libraries that promotes quick product ramp."

TSMC played up the advantages of moving away from the 180nm process node down to a 90nm process node, citing physically smaller packaging and increased speed. The firm also said its flash memory has passed the automotive ABC-Q100 qualification testing. µ


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