UMC, Avalanche Technology partner for MRAM development

United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a global semiconductor foundry, and Avalanche Technology, Inc., the next generation STT-MRAM (Spin Transfer Torque Magnetic RAM) leader, have announced that they have entered a partnership for joint development and production of MRAM to replace embedded flash, the company said.

UMC will also make this technology available to other companies through licensing with Avalanche Technology Inc.

Under the terms of the agreement, UMC will provide embedded non-volatile MRAM blocks based on UMC´s 28nm CMOS manufacturing process. This will enable customers to integrate low latency, very high performance and low power embedded MRAM memory blocks into MCUs and SoCs, targeting the Internet of Things, wearable, consumer, industrial and automotive electronics markets.

The two companies are also considering to expand the cooperation beyond 28nm, as Avalanche Technology´s CMOS compatibility and scalability to advanced process nodes enables integration of unified memory (non-volatile as well as SRAM) blocks into next generation highly integrated MCUs and SoCs. This allows system designers to maintain the same architecture and software ecosystem without a redesign.

UMC is a global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced IC production for applications spanning every major sector of the electronics industry. UMC´s comprehensive foundry solutions enable chip designers to leverage the company´s sophisticated technology and manufacturing, which include world-class 28nm High-K/Metal Gate technology, 14nm FinFET volume production, specialty process platforms specifically developed for AI, 5G and IoT applications and the automotive industry´s highest-rated AEC-Q100 Grade-0 manufacturing capabilities for the production of ICs found in vehicles. UMC can be found on the web at http://www.umc.com.

Avalanche Technology Inc. is the provider of next generation Perpendicular STT-MRAM technology, accepted as the front-runner to replace traditional Flash and SRAM for unified memory architectures in future SOC systems, delivering high performance, low power at 28nm with scalability to 22 and 14nm.

With a proven STT-MRAM portfolio at 55, 40nm and now enabling 28nm combined with an intellectual property portfolio of more than 275 patents and applications, Avalanche Technology Inc. is the provider of next generation perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) STT-MRAM cells. Avalanche Technology is delivering on the promise of enabling the next generation scalable embedded unified memory architecture for use in GPUs, MCUs, DSPs, ASSPs and ASICs, making Avalanche Technology the “Next Generation MRAM company”. For more information, visit Avalanche Technology online at http://www.avalanche-technology.com.