MRAM-Info: the MRAM experts

MRAM-Info is a news hub and knowledge center born out of keen interest in MRAM memory technologies.

MRAM is a next-generation memory technology, based on electron spin rather then its charge. Often referred to as the "holy-grail of memory", MRAM is fast, high-density and non-volatile and can replace all kinds of memories used today in a single chip.

Recent MRAM News

The EU-funded GREAT project presents its first hybrid CMOS-MRAM 180nm tape out

Nov 20, 2016

GREAT Project logoIn 2015, the EU launched the GREAT project, with an aim to co-integrate multiple functions like sensors, RF receivers and logic/memory together within CMOS by adapting STT-MTJs to a single baseline technology in the same system on chip. GREAT stands for heteroGeneous integRated magnetic tEchnology using multifonctionnal stAndardized sTack.

The project partners now announced the first hybrid CMOS/MSS-MRAM Tape Out with Israel-based Tower Jazz. This hybrid integrated circuit uses the 180nm CMOS process from Tower and an academic MRAM post-process that will be done by CEA Spintec within their facilities.

Everspin reports its financial results for Q3 2016

Nov 16, 2016

Everspin announced its financial results for Q3 2016. Revenues reached $7.1 million (slightly up from $7 million in Q3 2016) and net loss was $1.4 million (down from $4.5 million in Q3 2015).

Everspin reports that its first generation toggle-MRAM product revenues grew 9% in the first three quarters of 2016 compared to 2015.

Interview with Bo Hansen, CEO at Capres A/S

Oct 26, 2016

Bo Hansen, Capres CEOCapres A/S was established in 1999 in Denmark to develop a unique probe technology designed for in-line production monitoring in the semiconductor industry. The company, in collaboration with IBM, developed a resistivity measurement technique to characterize MTJ stacks.

Bo Svarrer Hansen, the company's CEO since 2002, was kind enough to answers a few questions we had, and share with us his views on the MRAM market and the company's measurement systems for MRAM and STT-MRAM device developers.

Q: Can you update us on Capres' current offers to the MRAM industry?

Capres customers are using our CIPTech® tools for R&D on small samples as well as volume production on 300 mm wafers. Depending on the configuration the tools measure with an in- plane or an out- of- plane magnetic field on blanket as well as patterned wafers.

Avalanche to commence volume pMTJ STT-MRAM production in early 2017

Oct 21, 2016

STT-MRAM developer Avalanche Technology logo Avalanche Technology announced that volume production of its pMTJ STT-MRAM chips on 300 mm wafers will begin in early 2017. Avalanche started to sample 32Mb and 64Mb STT-MRAM chips in 2015

Avalanche has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC) for this volume production. Avalanche targets several markets, including Storage, Automotive, IoT and embedded applications. Avalanche will offer discrete MRAM chips from 4Mb to 64Mb in size.

Everspin's IPO to take place on October 7th

Sep 29, 2016

Earlier this month we reported that Everspin filed for an IPO, and today we learned that the IPO's date is set to October 7. Everspin expects to raise about $45 million and start trading in the NASDAQ with the ticker "MRAM".

Everspin generated $26.5 million in revenues in 2015, up from $24.9 in 2014. Net loss was $18.2 million in 2015, up from $10.2 million million in 2014. Everspin sold products to over 600 end-customers in 2015, with the two largest customers were NXP and Avago Technologies (Broadcom) - each accounting for 13% of Everspin's revenues. NXP is a customer for Everspin's embedded and sensor solutions.

Spin Transfer Technologies fabricated 20nm OST-MRAM MTJs, preparing to deliver samples

Sep 27, 2016

Spin Transfer TechnologiesSpin Transfer Technologies (STT) announced that it fabricated 20nm perpendicular MRAM magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) based on the company's Orthogonal Spin Transfer MRAM (OST-MRAM).

STT is now preparting to deliver OST-MRAM samples to select customer, following requests from "certain major semiconductor and systems companies". The company is processing more than 40 wafer lots at its R&D fab in Fremont, California.