Applied Materials is developing and marketing equipment, services and software for manufacturing of semiconductors, displays and PV products.
California-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.
Canon Anelva (ANalysis ELectronics VAcuum) is a fully owned subsidiary of
Canon Inc. that manufactures thin film processing equipment for semiconductor, data storage, and display industries based on its 50+ years of experience in vacuum technologies.
Canon Anelva started developing PVD tool for spintronics in year 1997, when the GMR heads were emerging as a candidate for read heads for hard disk drives. Since then, the company's equipment have evolved to accommodate advancements in read head technologies – from GMR to TMR to low-RA TMR. Leveraging its expertise in magnetic thin films, Canon Anelva started developing PVD, and Etch equipment for MRAM in year 2000.
Capres 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.
Cobham (formerly Aeroflex microelectronic solutions) designs and produces high-reliability ICs, components and systems for several markets including the aerospace and defense ones.
CNE focuses on emerging technology and devices, including non-volatile memories, magnetic sensors, bio-electronic sensors, integrated passive devices, wafer level magnetics and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. CNE has its own STT-MRAM project with plans to offer embedded STT-MRAM solutions.
Crocus Technology, headquartered in Grenoble (France) with operations in the US and France, develops spintronics-based technologies.
Crocus used to develop MRAM technology, developed in the Grenoble-based Spintec research center, but in recent years Crocus Technology changed its focus on magnetic sensors.
US-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.
EverSpin was spun-off from Freescale in 2008 to handle its MRAM business. Since 2008 Everspin shipped more than 60 million MRAM Chips (discrete and embedded) into data centers, cloud storage, energy, industrial, automotive, consumer, and transportation markets.
US-based Grandis was established in 2002 to develop STT-MRAM technologies.
Grandis collaborated with Renesas and Hynix, and was acquired by Samsung in 2011 (in what was considered a very successful exit for its investors). Grandis raised $15 million since it was founded in 2002, and also raised about the same from DARPA grants including a $8.6 million second-phase project granted in June 2010.
HFC Semiconductor develops MRAM technology for both stand-alone and embedded applications.
HFC plans to build its own full MRAM production facility.
Honeywell 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.
Hprove was established in March 2017 as a spin-off from SPINTEC, with an aim to develop and produce wafer-level testing equipment for magnetic devices. The company developed a unique patented technology of multidimensional magnetic field generator for STT-MRAM and TMR sensors wafer level characterization and testing.
IBM is one of the largest technology companies in the world, involved in hardware, software, services and research. IBM has produced more research breakthroughs than any other company in the IT industry.
IBM is an MRAM pioneer, collaborating with Infineon and Samsung. In 2016, IBM and Samsung researchers demonstrated 11 nano-meter STT-MRAM junctions.
Imec 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.
Integral 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 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.