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2020-12-14
Pioneered non-volatile memory testing and repairing platform, iSTART-TEK finds its feet for next era
As processor speeds become faster and faster, the optimization of system performance has shifted from the processor to the memory. At present, OTP, MTP, eFlash and NAND Flash are the mainstream memories used in non-volatile memory (NVM) market. In recent years, with the growing demands of Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, and Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), significant rising needs of information, and the continuous fading of Moore's Law, semiconductor manufacturers such as TSMC, Intel, and Samsung focuses on the research and development of emerging memories, such as MRAM and ReRAM, to seek storage solutions with lower cost, faster speed, and better performance.

 
iSTART-TEK (iSTART, TW-6786), a leading developer in memory testing and repairing technology, launched pioneering non-volatile memory testing and repairing platform which can support eFlash, ROM, MTP, MRAM, and other memories. Recently, iSTART have successfully tapeouted in renowned wafer foundries, alliances of iSTART’s ecosystem. After adopting iSTART’s solution, the customer dramatically saved 20% of testing time, decreased testing costs, and the percentage of IP area in a chip was less than 1% that was significantly lower than the customers’ expectations. Customers are optimistic about the benefits of saving project development, revision, and maintenance, as well as the advantages of saving human resources via customized Intellectual Property (IP), which brings the strong willing of cooperation.

 
Defect detection rate, cost derived from testing time, and safety are important issues for evaluation while testing NVM. Non-volatile memory testing and repairing platform of iSTART provides three testing modes for users, including integrity testing, optimization testing, and customized algorithms. Each mode can achieve 100% inspection results at different stages, which ensures defect detection rate, at the same time effectively reducing the test time and the costs. Moreover, iSTART has developed diagnosis function to provide customers with accurate reports on debugging, coupled with improvement of the chip yield rate, which can upgrade the reliability of high-end products, such as automotive electronics and industrial electronics. For security considerations, iSTART provides a set of 128-bit security keys. This means that hackers cannot crack it in their lifetimes, it effectively protects the security of confidential information.

 
In the foreseeable future, combination of AI and IoT generates more and more applications, such as wearable devices, smart homes, medical cares, industrial automations, etc., and these new generation products will increase the use of NVM. iSTART’s non-volatile memory testing and repairing platform greatly reduces the costs of memory design and testing. It not only improves the yield rate but also guarantees data security, which enhances customers’ market competitiveness and stabilizes the key position of new-generation products.