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Avalanche Technology

Avalanche Technology logoCalifornia-based Avalanche Technology is a start up company founded in 2006 to develop patented Spin Programmable perpendicular STT-MRAM (SPMEM) memory that uses a revolutionary proprietary spin current and voltage switching technology that enables lower write current, smaller cell size, higher density and excellent scalability.

Avalanche Technology currently offers STT-MRAM chips up to 64Mb in size, in both discrete and embedded form.

Avalanche started to sample 32Mb and 64Mb STT-MRAM chips in 2015. In February 2016 the company raised $23 million, adding to the $30 million raised in 2012. In October 2016 Avalanche announced a collaboration with Sony Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation to start volume pMTJ STT-MRAM production on 300mm wafers by early 2017.

Canon Anelva

Canon logoCanon Anelva (ANalysis ELectronics VAcuum) is a Japanese company (owned by Canon) that manufactures major equipment for the fabrication of semiconductors and displays (OLEDs and LCDs) using vacuum technology.

Anelva developed a 200- to 300-mm-wafer-compliant deposition (sputtering) equipment for MRAM, the C-7100, using their unique low-pressure plasma deposition technique.

Capres A/S

CAPRES logoCapres A/S is a Danish company established in 1999 to develop and market a unique probe technology designed for in-line production monitoring in the semiconductor industry.

Capres, in collaboration with IBM developed a resistivity measurement technique to characterize MTJ stacks used in HDD read heads and MRAM devices.

Crocus Technology

Crocus logoCrocus, headquartered in Grenoble (France) with operations in the US and France, develops spintronics-based sensors and memory solutions.

The MRAM technology that is the foundation on which Crocus is built was developed in the Grenoble-based Spintec research center and Crocus has formal joint development programs with Spintec and other leading European laboratories.

Despatch Industries

Despatch Industries logoUS-based Despatch Industries, established in 1902, is a specialized thermal-processing equipment maker. Despatch is involved in three markets - thermal, solar and carbon fiber. Despatch also offers equipment for the data storage industry.

Despatch installed the world’s first 50-wafer fully automated MRAM system at Freescale, in addition to a 300mm 50-wafer thermal chamber.

Fujitsu

Fujitsu logoFujitsu is a multi-national company based in Japan that offers technology solutions and electronic devices.

Fujitsu has an active STT-MRAM research program - lead by their Fujitsu Laboratories subsidiary. The company did not release any MRAM updates since 2010.

Honeywell

Honeywell logoHoneywell International is a diversified technology and manufacturing company, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials.

Honeywell is producing and offering MRAM chips, up to 64Mbit. Honewell licensed its MRAM technology from NVE. Honeywell’s MRAM devices were designed from the ground-up for the radiation and space environments.

Imec

Imec logoImec is a Belgium-based nanoelectronics research institute with over 2,000 employees and R&D teams in Belgium, Holland, china, Taiwan and India.

One of Imec's research programs is focused on emerging memory technologies. Imec performs STT-MRAM research in collaboration with Tokyo Electron and Canon and have a complete 300-mm STT-MRAM dedicated processing capability.

Infineon

Infineon logoInfineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and complete system solutions targeted at selected industries.

Infineon develops MRAM technologies in collaboration with IBM.

Integral Solutions Int’l (ISI)

ISI logoIntegral Solutions Int’l (ISI) is a privately held US-based company that supplies Quasi Static Testers for characterizing Magneto-Resistive type heads.

ISI's product suite includes QST testers for every stage of manufacturing. ISI says that about 85% of the entire head production for the HDD industry is being tested on ISI's equipment.

Intel

Intel's logoIntel is the world largest chip maker, and also manufactures networking, memory and communications products.

Intel is researching several next-generation memory technologies including MRAM memory, although it currently seems focused on its 3D XPoint memory.

MagOasis

MagOasis logoMagOasis, founded in 2006, provides design/analysis software applications and services for the information-storage and allied industries covering magnetic recoding heads, MRAM, Magnetic nanostructures devices, graphene, sensors and more.

MagOasis' MRAM-related software, Spin-Valve Bench (SVB), is a micromagnetic software for the design and analysis of advanced multi-layer spintronic devices. These include modern MRAM cells for non-volatile microelectronic applications, nanowires and magnetoresistive read-head sensors for ultra-high density recording applications.

MicroSense

MicroSense logoMicroSense (previously known as ADE Technologies) designs precision capacitive position sensors and vibrating sample magnetometers for magnetic measurement.

For the MRAM market, MicoSense offers the Polar Kerr System which provides 300-mm non-contact magnetic property metrology system for perpendicular MRAM. The system utilizes the polar Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE) to characterize the magnetic properties of multi-layer wafers used in the development and manufacturing of perpendicular MRAM.