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  1. Novocell Semiconductor
  2. Novocell Semiconductor

NOVOCELL, formerly Intelligent Micro Design, founded in 2001, has become the foundation of a growing semiconductor industry in the Pittsburgh region. In 2005, Novocell moved its headquarters to the recently constructed LindenPointe Innovative Business Campus, a 115-acre planned technical park.

As a member of The Pittsburgh Technology Collaborative (TTC), Novocell maintains a strong network of technical experts throughout the world which it leverages to drive innovation in its solutions. Included in this network are researchers and developers from Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, The University of Pittsburgh and other TTC member companies.

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Novocell's Design Philosophy

NovoBlox was designed with the goal of creating one of the most highly reliable memory IPs on the market.When developing NovoBlox, Novocell's design team ensured that reliability was never compromised.

Conscious tradeoffs were made in the design of NovoBlox specifically size for reliability. Novocell is not interested in having the smallest memory IP on the market, but we do want to ensure that we have the most reliable. While similar memory products may take up less space on an IC, there is no guarantee that the memories will superiorly perform 100% of the time.

To maximize reliability, the breakdown voltage in NovoBlox is contained entirely within the memory core guaranteeing that only the programmed cells see high voltage. The reliability of unprogrammed cells or other devices on the IC are not negatively impacted with Novocell's design methodology. NovoBlox also features a dynamic (not statically-timed) write protocol with active sensing which ensures hard breakdown of the gate oxide and the creation of a permanent short between the gate polysilicon and the channel of a programmed device.

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