MOSAID Introduces Breakthrough Flash Memory Architecture



    OTTAWA, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX:MSD), today
unveiled HyperLink NAND (HLNAND(TM)) Flash, a breakthrough Flash memory
architecture and interface that will dramatically improve the performance of
computer products that use Flash memory, including solid state drives (SSDs),
Flash memory cards and USB Flash drives.
    As the first new Flash memory architecture and device interface in
15 years, HLNAND Flash is a high-performance solution that combines MOSAID's
own HyperLink memory technology with industry standard NAND Flash cell
technology to deliver the industry's most advanced feature set, reaching
sustained I/O bandwidths more than ten times higher than conventional Flash.
MOSAID, one of the world's leading intellectual property companies, will
license HLNAND Flash to semiconductor manufacturers developing components for
the NAND Flash market, which is expected to grow from US$15.1 billion in 2006
to US$41.5 billion by 2011.
    "Many of today's high density NAND Flash components are suffering from
degraded performance - primarily reduced write speeds and lower endurance than
the last generation of devices - because of fundamental architectural and
interface constraints," said Alan Niebel, CEO of memory and storage market
research firm Web-Feet Research. "MOSAID has developed a novel device
architecture, a new interface standard, and an innovative write scheme to
reverse the degradation trend and offer very significant improvements to the
performance and reliability of solid state drives and other components that
use NAND Flash memory. With HLNAND, MOSAID is establishing itself as the high
performance leader in the rapidly growing NAND Flash market."
    For example, SSDs using Flash memory are becoming a viable alternative to
rotating magnetic hard disk drives. However, the performance requirements of
next-generation SSDs cannot be met by the existing NAND Flash architecture and
interface. "Our technical staff analyzed the features and specifications of
MOSAID's HLNAND and we believe this innovative approach will help Flash
semiconductor manufacturers and mass-storage Original Equipment Manufacturers
meet the challenge of designing more robust SSDs and other consumer-driven
mass storage applications," said Mr. K.S. Pua, President of Phison Electronics
Corporation, a leading controller design company. "Phison has a highly
qualified team delivering the best Flash memory based products for the mass
market and it is our utmost priority to support emerging Flash technology.
Therefore, Phison has signed a license agreement with MOSAID and is looking
forward to working with the Company's memory experts to develop systems that
use HLNAND."
    "The introduction of HLNAND demonstrates MOSAID's commitment to the
development of innovative memory technologies that advance the industry, and
also generate new patents and future licensing revenues," said Peter
Gillingham, Chief Technology Officer, MOSAID. "HLNAND is the first application
of MOSAID's innovative HyperLink memory technology. Our new device and channel
architectures may be applied to any type of memory, including NOR Flash and
emerging memory technologies such as Phase-change RAM (PRAM), to create HLNOR
and HLPRAM."
    MOSAID is actively seeking additional partners and licensees to further
develop and commercialize HLNAND technology, Gillingham added.

    HyperLink NAND - An Innovative Memory Architecture

    The shift to computing-based consumer products and the rising demand for
mass storage media in data storage applications is driving the requirements
for improved NAND Flash performance and reduced system costs. To meet these
needs, SSDs and other emerging Flash memory intensive applications will
require NAND Flash components utilizing a new device architecture and an
enhanced interface or channel architecture to deliver higher performance,
lower cost, and an improved write scheme for better reliability. MOSAID's
HLNAND Flash technology, is the first NAND Flash architecture to satisfy the
emerging industry requirements for fast read, fast program, long retention,
high endurance, high capacity and low cost.
    HLNAND Flash delivers sustained read and write bandwidth up to 800MB/s
using existing NAND Flash cell technology. HLNAND Flash offers a highly
expandable memory subsystem, supporting up to 255 devices on a single
interface. The improved write scheme provides significant improvements to
program and erase endurance and also enables lower voltage operation to yield
lower power consumption in portable applications.

    MOSAID launches HLNAND.com

    Today MOSAID launched www.hlnand.com, a new web site dedicated to its
innovative HyperLink NAND Flash memory technology. Technical specifications,
simulation models, product briefs and other information are now available for
download.

    About MOSAID
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    MOSAID Technologies Incorporated makes semiconductors better through the
development and licensing of intellectual property. MOSAID counts many of the
world's largest semiconductor companies among its customers. Founded in 1975,
MOSAID is based in Ottawa, Ontario, with an office in Santa Clara, California.
For more information, visit www.mosaid.com.
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For further information:

For further information: Investor Inquiries: Michael Salter, Director,
Corporate Communications, (613) 599-9539 x1205, salter@mosaid.com; Media
Inquiries: Colleen McGuire, Communications Specialist, (613) 599-9539 x1228,
mcguire@mosaid.com

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