Vimicro PC-CAM Processors in Production With Kilopass' Embedded Non-Volatile Memory Technology
Vimicro PC-CAM Products Use Kilopass NVM IP for Flexible Upgradeability, Lower Cost
Kilopass Technology Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP), and Vimicro International Corporation, a leading multimedia semiconductor and solution provider that designs advanced mixed-signal multimedia products and solutions, today announced that Vimicro is using Kilopass NVM IP in a line of notebook PC-camera processors. The Kilopass NVM is ideal for firmware storage and allows developers a flexible update path while supporting Vimicro's high-performance requirements.
Vimicro's PC-camera solution used by Tier-1 global notebook original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) features low-power consumption and high performance, including HD-quality image processing and best-in-class system flexibility. By deploying a system-level integration approach, Vimicro reduces overall product costs while delivering industry-leading performance features for the notebook marketplace. The Kilopass NVM IP is a field-programmable solution, enabling flexible and custom firmware updates, shorter time to market, and a significantly reduced bill of materials (BOM).
John Fan, general manager of Product Lines at Vimicro, commented, "By utilizing Kilopass technology, we are able to design cost effective, market-leading PC-camera processors with flexible upgradeability. Combined with Vimicro's innovative Firmware Patch technology, Kilopass NVM IP provides Vimicro customers the ability to easily upgrade firmware without a requirement for external memory modules."
"We are pleased Vimicro has chosen Kilopass' NVM solution for next-generation PC-camera products," said Kilopass CEO Charlie Cheng. "This technology supports the aggressive performance and power requirements of Vimicro's products while reducing BOM cost and delivering maximum usability to their end customers."
Kilopass' 2T one-time programmable (OTP) technology can be implemented in standard CMOS without additional masks or processing steps and is available from 180nm down to 40-nanometer (nm) process nodes, with 28nm available in the second quarter of 2011. Extremely dense and reliable, Kilopass' OTP technology has been used in a wide variety of applications including digital trimming, calibration, security key and code storage. With the recently announced Gusto™ family of single instance 512kbit, 1Mbit, 2Mbit and 4Mbit OTP macros, Kilopass' continues to lead the embedded NVM market with innovative, cost-conscious solutions.
About Vimicro International Corporation
Vimicro International Corporation is a leading multimedia semiconductor and solution provider that designs, develops and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions that enable multimedia capabilities in a variety of products for the consumer electronics and communications markets. Vimicro is also expanding business into the surveillance market with system-level solutions and semiconductor products. Vimicro's ADSs, each of which represents four ordinary shares, are currently trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol "VIMC."
Kilopass Technology, Inc. pioneered and supplies the industry's only non-volatile, reprogrammable memory large enough to store firmware code. With 57 patents granted or pending, and more than 800,000 wafers shipped by a dozen foundries and Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs), Kilopass has more than 100 customers designing semiconductor components and equipment for mobile communications, multimedia/entertainment, and networking applications. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, please visit www.kilopass.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.