Offers fast access time and fast erase speeds for safety-critical and infotainment applications

Gina Roos, editor-in-chief

Silicon Storage Technology (SST), a subsidiary of
Microchip Technology Inc., announced that its high-speed embedded SuperFlash technology is qualified to the Automotive
Electronics Council AEC-Q100 Grade 1 certification on United Microelectronics
Corporation’s (UMC) 55-nm platform. UMC fabs are all IATF-16949–certified
to meet automotive quality production standards.


The new AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualification supports automotive
safety-critical and infotainment applications that are increasingly using
microcontrollers with embedded flash memory to ensure higher reliability and
performance. This includes requirements for fast access time, power efficiency,
and fast erase speeds.

“As part of the AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualification on UMC’s 55-nm
platform, SST’s SuperFlash technology completed a very high bar in endurance
testing, including 700,000 program/erase cycles and 20 years of data retention,”
said Mark Reiten, vice president of SST, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Microchip, in a press release. “The partnership with UMC will enable automotive
customers who require low-power, high-endurance embedded flash to keep their
production costs down by using the 55-nm platform.”

SST also recently announced a partnership with SK hynix system ic to expand the availability of its SuperFlash
technology. The new strategic partnership enables SK hynix system ic to deliver
the embedded flash technology on its 110-nm CMOS platform. The process
development is expected to be completed in early 2019.