Embedded Non-Volatile Memory IP for Mobile Markets


Mobile devices are the fastest growing market segments, driven by convenience and innovative applications. Embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) is used as code storage for the baseband SoC, and for trimming and calibration of the power amplifiers and RF receivers. It is also used to store security keys for data transfer and multimedia content protection. Key requirements are ultra-low power operation for maximum lifetime and secure data storage to prevent identity theft.  Typical non-volatile memory (NVM) capacities for mobile applications range from 64kbit to +4Mbit and targeting the latest process nodes, 16nm and below.

Mobile Market Summary

Market OTP usage End Product Kilopass Advantage
Mobile Code storage, security keys, configuration CMOS image sensor, baseband processor, RF transceiver, power amplifier, display, and power management chip sets

One mobile application that has taken advantage of Kilopass’ antifuse non-volatile memory IP is the wireless baseband SoC.
Kilopass NVM IP in Wireless baseband SoC

(Diagram: top view schematic with XPM and Baseband Processor)

Wireless baseband SoCs cover the protocol functions of the various Wireless protocols such as WiFi, WiMax, GPRS, CDMA and LTE. Kilopass’ embedded non-volatile memory technology has been used for:

  • security keys for different wireless protocols
  • trimming of the AFE
  • configuration data of the baseband DSP
  • boot code storage for the SoC

Cost Savings Comparison

Product OTP usage Before: external EEPROM Total Cost/Unit After: Kilopass NVM Total Cost/Unit Units/Year Savings for 1 year of production
Wireless baseband SoC Code storage in 128Kb OTP $0.10 $0.04 50M $3M