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Impinj Licenses AEON Nonvolatile Memory Technology to National Semiconductor

Sep 15, 2003

September 15, 2003 – Impinj today announced a strategic licensing agreement to integrate its AEON™ nonvolatile memory technology into products made by National Semiconductor, a leading innovator of integrated circuits.  Impinj has granted a license for National to design and manufacture AEON memory into embedded memory applications across all of National’s product lines.

Responding to customer requirements for smaller amounts of efficient storage, National Semiconductor engaged Impinj, an award-winning communications chip technology company, in early 2003.  AEON memory allows designers to embed low density (64 to 16kbit) nonvolatile memory (NVM) in standard CMOS chips without incurring the high cost of specialized manufacturing processes required for traditional embedded FLASH or EEPROM memory.  In addition to providing a turnkey NVM solution in logic CMOS, AEON Memory delivers the smallest area and power while maintaining industry standard 10-year retention and 100,000 cycle endurance.

"Impinj’s AEON Memory allows National to integrate critical NVM into virtually any of our chip products to enhance functionality and performance for our customers," said Joe Montalbo, vice president and general manager of National's Custom Solutions Group. "Using AEON Memory in standard CMOS gives National a cost effective way to significantly enhance our product features and functions.”

"We are pleased that National selected Impinj as a technology partner for their nonvolatile memory solution and look forward to working with National to customize AEON for applications that require AEON’s low cost and high performance," said Bill Ashley, vice president of Nonvolatile Memory Products at Impinj.

About Impinj, Inc.
Impinj, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing CMOS integrated-circuit products and intellectual property, was founded in May 2000, in Seattle, Washington, by semiconductor industry veterans Carver Mead and Chris Diorio. Impinj holds 15 patents on its innovative Self-Adaptive Silicon technology, which greatly improves the performance of analog and digital CMOS integrated circuits. In addition to many prior awards, in 2002, Impinj garnered the “Most Promising New Technology” award from the WSA, Washington State’s influential technology association as well as the “Comet Award for Innovative Technology, Market Vision and Management Focus” from Communications Systems Design and EE Times. More information about Impinj is available at

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on analog-based semiconductor products, which include stand-alone devices and subsystems in the areas of power management, imaging, display drivers, audio, amplifiers and data conversion. The company targets key markets such as wireless, displays, PCs, networks and a broad range of portable applications. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.67 billion for its most recent fiscal year. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at