Crocus developed MRAM-based magnetic sensors for flexible displays

Crocus Technology announced a new magnetic sensor that can be used to detect the shape and bendability of flexible displays. The company discovered a technique to turn their MRAM memory cell arrays into very sensitive magnetic sensors that have a much larger range than any commercial sensor.

Crocus MRAM-based flexible display sensor photo

The production process is very similar to the MRAM process the company uses, but with a different cell design. Basically it is a very simple sensor that detects changes in a magnetic field from a perpendicular magnet.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 24,2014

ARM licenses Crocus' Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) technology

Crocus Technology announced that ARM licensed the company's Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) technology. The MLU is a CMOS based rugged magnetic technology capable of offering important advantages in performance, size and security for embedded micro-controllers. MLU can replace both flash and RAM and are suitable for mobile and security applications.

Crocus will provide ARM with access to its MLU technology, including MRAM blocks in sub-90 nm technology which can replace traditional flash memory, plus MIP (Match In Place) enabled technology which enhances the security of keys and other secret data. Crocus has been co-developing the MLU technology together with IBM since 2011.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 31,2014

Buffalo Memory launched the first product with STT-MRAM - a new industrial SATA III SSD

Buffalo Memory launched a new industrial SATA III SSD (the S6C series) that uses Everspin's STT-MRAM as cache memory. As far as we know, this is the first product on the market to use STT-MRAM chips. Buffalo says that by using STT-MRAM cache, they were able to improve performance (access time) and power consumption, and also feature better tolerance to sudden power off.

Everspin ST-MRAM chips

Buffalo's SSD use Everspin's EMD3D064M 64Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM chips. These feature full DDR3 speed coupled with non-volatility. The EMD3D064M chip is functionally compatible with the industry standard JEDEC specification for the DDR3 interface, providing designers the ability to quickly adopt ST-MRAM in storage and embedded systems.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 19,2013

Skyera to use Everspin's MRAM in their new flash-based enterprise storage system

Everspin announced that it is providing MRAM technology so Skyera, which will use MRAM chips on its newly announced Skyhawk MLC NAND flash-based enterprise solid-state storage system. This is the industry’s first all solid-state storage appliance that uses MRAM.

Skyer's system is based entirely on 19/20 nanometer consumer Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash at a system price of less than $3 per gigabyte before compression and deduplication. The compact half-depth 1u form factor sports a 44 terabytes of high performance, low latency native capacity. Skyera says that Everspin MRAM allows them to overcome any point of failure within the system memory while providing the best possible performance to supercharge enterprise-class applications.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 09,2012

Aeroflex launches 16MBit and 64MBit MRAM chips, based on Everspin's technology

Aeroflex launched three MRAM chips for the aerospace and defense markets: the UT8MR2M8 (16Mbit, 40-pin flatpack) and the UT8MR8M8 (64Mbit, 64-pin flatpack). The 64Mbit chip isactually the world's highest density MRAM chip (Everspin's highest one is only 16Mbit in size).

Aeroflex is using licensed MRAM technolgoy from Everspin, and it took them two years to modify Everspin's design so it fits their target markets.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 05,2012

Buffalo introduces new SSDs that use MRAM cache

Buffalo (a Japanese storage expert) introduced a new line of SSDs that use MRAM cache (instead of the standard SDRAM). The MRAM chips are probably made by Everspin (as it is the only MRAM maker).

Buffalo says that MRAM is nonvolatlie and so this new cache technology provides increased tolerance to power loss.

Read the full story Posted: May 10,2012

Cognimem's cognitive pattern recognition systems use Everspin's MRAM to store neuron content

Everspin announced today that CogniMem's CogniBlox product line uses their 4MB MRAM chips. The CogniBlox is a reconfigurable and stackable pattern recognition module that enables a cognitive computing platform. The CogniBlox uses Everspin's MRAM to store and restore the content of the neurons. Each CogniBlox module features four CM1K neuron chips or a total of 4,096 silicon neurons.

Everspin says that MRAM is suitable for massively parallel pattern recognition tasks because it's the only memory technology that offers SRAM-like speeds, non-volatility and unlimited endurance. Having a non-volatile memory solution means that the knowledge learned is saved in the case of a power interruption - without the need for external batteries or other solutions.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 27,2012

Everspin - Dell and LSI uses MRAM in RAID controllers

Everspin issued a PR today announcing a 300% growth in product shipment in 2011 - with 250 new design wins. Everspin actually revealed this information last week at CES. Everspin says that the enterprise storage, server and networking segment was the fastest growing segment during the year (Everspin's "traditinal" markets are the industrial, energy and automotive and transportation markets).

The company further revealed that a number of leading vendors in this segment are using MRAM for critical data storage in RAID systems, servers and routers. Both Dell and LSI are using Everspin's chips in their RAID controllers.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 18,2012

BMW uses new automotive-temperate Everspin MRAM in their S-1000RR super bike

Everspin announced that BMW is using their 4Mb MRAM chip (MR2A16AMYS35) in their super bike. Everspin's say that their MRAM products meet the demands of AEC-Q100 standards that are associated with a variety of automotive applications (engine control units, advanced transmission control, in-car data log and multimedia systems for in-car entertainment).

BMW is using the memory chip in their Motorrad Motorsport engine control unit (ECU) called RSM5, storing important calibration data that controls the motorcycle during a race. The MRAM chip stores adjustable engine parameters such as data related to a racing bike’s fuel injection, ignition, braking and acceleration, and is optimized before each race - with different parameters according to the river, track and race conditions.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 28,2011