eMemory & PUFsecurity Announce with UMC the World’s First PUF-based Secure Embedded Flash Solution

(Hsinchu Taiwan, Dec. 10th, 2020) eMemory and its subsidiary, PUFsecurity, and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE:UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, announced today the successful joint development of the world’s first PUF (Physical Unclonable Function)-based secure embedded flash solution. PUFsecurity’s PUFflash integrates eMemory’s NeoPUF into UMC’s 55nm embedded flash technology platforms to deliver a secure embedded flash. PUFflash enhances the security of embedded flash applications with its built-in, PUF-based Root of Trust (PUFrt), while maintaining the access speed of the embedded flash.

Working with PUFsecurity, eMemory now offers complete business service and technical solutions. “PUFsecurity’s digital design of PUFflash has simplified the combination of PUF and embedded flash” said Michael Ho, Vice President of Business Development at eMemory. “With the development of PUFflash, we have provided customers an integrated security solutionfor encrypting and protecting the data in the flash”

eMemory and PUFsecurity’s PUFflash is a welcome resource for our embedded Flash customers wishing to customize their ICs to serve IoT and other markets that require robust security features,” said T H Lin, Division Director of IP Development & Design Support at UMC. “We are pleased at the results of this IP collaboration and successful verification on our 55nm ULP eFlash technology platform, as these processes are specifically engineered to address the performance and ultra-low power requirements of IoT applications.”

“PUFflash increases the security of MCU and SoC embedded NVM storage, protecting user data and critical firmware assets” said Evans Yang, Executive Vice President at PUFsecurity. “PUFflash can also safeguard a product’s supply chain by preventing counterfeiters from copying chips, thus making product life cycle management easier.”

UMC has already engaged with dozens of customers for its cost effective 55ULP (Ultra Low Power) eFlash platform in multiple segments including MCU, chipcard, consumer and automotive.

About eMemory

eMemory (TPEX:3529) is a supplier of semiconductor IP specializing in embedded hard cores. As a world-leading provider of IP, eMemory has delivered best-in-class designs to over 1,800 foundries, IDMs and fabless companies globally since its establishment in 2000. As a global leader in the eNVM (embedded non-volatile memory) market, eMemory provides patented solutions with the industry’s widest adoption across an extensive range of process technologies. We have also become an industry leader providing security IP cores based on silicon biometrics. eMemory’s eNVM IP offerings include one-time programmable memories (NeoBit/NeoFuse) and multi-time programmable memories (NeoMTP/NeoEE). NeoPUF is the company’s embedded root of trust technology for security applications. 


About PUFsecurity

PUFsecurity is a subsidiary of eMemory dedicated to innovating PUF-based security solutions. By leveraging our technical knowledge and industrial expertise, including core IPs such as NeoPUF and OTP from eMemory, PUFsecurity is bringing PUF-based security to the market. The latest solution is the hardware root-of-trust module PUFrt (UID+tRNG+Secure OTP) and PUFiot (PUF-based crypto co-processor). With our industrial expertise, PUFsecurity offers hardware security IP solutions with better performance and cost-efficiency.


About UMC

UMC is a leading global semiconductor foundry. The company provides high quality IC production with a focus on both logic and specialty technologies to serve every major sector of the electronics industry. UMC’s comprehensive technology and manufacturing solutions include logic/RF, display driver IC, embedded flash, RFSOI/BCD, and IATF-16949 automotive manufacturing certification for all wafer fabs. UMC operates 12 fabs that are located throughout Asia with a maximum capacity of more than 750,000 8-inch equivalent wafers per month. The company employs approximately 19,500 people worldwide, with offices in Taiwan, China, United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and Singapore.


Note from UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements about introduction of new services and technologies, future outsourcing, competition, wafer capacity, business relationships and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy; acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development risks. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in UMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. UMC does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

Press Contact Information:

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UMC Corporate Communications
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在與熵碼科技的合作下,力旺電子更加強化其提供完整業務服務和技術方案的能力。「熵碼科技的PUFflash透過完善的數位設計使PUF和嵌入式快閃記憶體能以最有效率的方式作結合」 力旺業務發展中心副總何明洲表示。「隨著PUFflash的發展,我們為客戶提供了整合性解決方案來加密保護儲存在快閃記憶體中的重要資料。」

「力旺電子和熵碼科技的PUFflash是我們嵌入式Flash客戶所樂見的資源,這些客戶希望客製其IC以服務於IoT和其他安全市場。」對此次合作開發的成果,聯電矽智財研發暨設計支援處林子惠處長表示:「我們對此次共同開發以及在55nm ULP eFlash技術平台上成功驗證的結果感到非常滿意,因為這些製程正是專門為滿足物聯網應用所需的性能表現和極低功耗要求而設計的。」


聯華電子已與數十家客戶在其極具成本效益的55ULP (Ultra Low Power) eFlash技術平台展開業務合作,瞄準多項市場包括MCU、晶片卡、消費性電子和汽車產業。


力旺電子(3529)是全球知名的領導半導體矽智財供應商,專精嵌入式Hard IP設計。自2000年成立以來,力旺持續提供全球1,800多家晶圓廠、整合元件廠和IC設計公司一流的矽智財解決方案。力旺在全球嵌入式非揮發性記憶體市場(embedded Non-volatile Memory)位居領導地位,其eNVM解決方案廣泛布建於全球主要晶圓廠製程,涵蓋製程技術之廣位居業界之冠。此外,力旺也領先業界以矽晶圓生物特徵開發其特有的晶片安全矽智財。力旺的eNVM 矽智財系列包括可一次編寫記憶體 (NeoBit/NeoFuse)、可多次編寫記憶體 (NeoMTP/NeoEE)以及晶片安全矽智財NeoPUF。

更多力旺電子訊息,請見公司官網 www.ememory.com.tw


熵碼科技是力旺電子的子公司,致力於創新以PUF為核心的安全解決方案。結合我們的研發技術和市場資源,其中包含了來自母公司力旺電子的NeoPUF和OTP等核心IP,熵碼科技正將利基於PUF的安全解決方案推向市場 最新的解決方案IP包含硬件信任根PUFrt(UID + tRNG + Secure OTP)和內置PUFrt的高安全性加密處理器PUFiot。 憑藉我們精準的產業洞察及研發能力,熵碼科技提供具有高性能和高成本效益的硬件安全解決方案。

更多熵碼科技訊息,請見公司官網 www.pufsecurity.com.tw


聯華電子(紐約證券交易所代碼:UMC,台灣證券交易所代碼:2303)為全球半導體晶圓專工業界的領導者,提供成熟和先進製程的晶圓製造服務,近年來尤其專注於特殊技術,為跨越電子行業的各項主要應用產品生產晶片。聯電完整的解決方案能讓晶片設計公司利用尖端製程的優勢,包括28奈米High-K/Metal Gate後閘極技術、14奈米量產,提供專為AI,5G和IoT應用設計的製程平台;另擁有汽車行業最高評級的AEC-Q100 Grade-0製造能力,可用於生產汽車中的晶片。 聯電現共有十二座晶圓廠,策略性地遍及亞洲各地,每月可生產超過70萬片晶圓。聯電在全球約19,000名員工,在台灣、中國、歐洲、日本、韓國、新加坡及美國均設有服務據點,以滿足全球客戶的需求。



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