Crocus Nano Electronics successfully tests its 90 nm pMTJ STT-MRAM tech

Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE) announced successful test results for its 90 nm pMTJ STT-MRAM technology. The company says it has developed unique materials that are able to deliver high data retention, tolerance to external magnetic fields and low switching currents. The company expects to produce its first engineering samples in later in 2018.

Crocus Nano Electronics clean room photo

CNE also reports that it complete the design of its STT-MRAM test chip for further technology improvement in cooperation with eVaderis. Together with eVaderis, CNE created a "universal memory chip" able to serve as a platform for technology development through a wide range of MTJ sizes, currents and voltages ranges.

eVaderis demonstrates an innovative MRAM-based, memory-centric MCU

eVaderis logoeVaderis announced that it has successfully demonstrated a fully functioning design platform through an ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) in Beyond Semiconductor’s BA2X product line. eVaderis says that this new MCU is ideally suited for battery-powered applications in IoT and wearable electronics.

The new design uses imec's perpendicular, STT-MRAM technology that enables the new MCU to achieve non-volatile operation with high-speed read/write and low voltage. The MCU includes 3 Mb of on-chip STT-MRAM memory.

Everspin starts to sample 1Gb pMTJ STT-MRAM chips

Everspin announced that it started sampling 1Gb STT-MRAM chips. Everspin's new chips provide a high-endurance, persistant memory with a DDR4-compatible interface. Everspin sees these chips being used in storage devices to provide protection against power loss without the use of supercapacitors or batteries.

Everspin 128Kb automotive MRAM photo

Everspin's new pMTJ 1Gb chips provide 4 times the capacity of the company's current 256Mb DDR3 chips. The 1 Gb MRAM is produced in 28nm CMOS on 300mm wafers in partnership with GlobalFoundries.

GlobalFoundries and Everspin say that the pMTJ STT-eMRAM features high reliability at high temperatures

GlobalFoundries has plans to deploy Everspin's perpendicular (pMTJ) STT-MRAM as an embedded 22nm memory - as part of GF's 22FDX platform. GlobalFoundries has released a technical paper that details the eMRAM ability to retain data at high temperatures.

Global Foundries 22nm eMRAM slide

The eMRAM can retain data through solder reflow at 260 degrees Celsius, and for more than 10 years at 125 degrees Celsius, plus read/write with outstanding endurance at 125 degrees Celsius. GlobalFoundries says that this will enable eMRAM to be used for general purpose MCUs and automotive SOCs.

Samsung demonstrates a 8Mb embedded pMTJ STT-MRAM device

Samsung demonstrated an LCD display that uses a tCON chip that uses embedded 28nm pMTJ STT-MRAM memory, instead of the normally used SRAM. The MRAM device had a density of 8Mb and a 1T-1MTJ cell architecture. The cell size is 0.0364 um2.

Samsung LCD tCON Demo (IEDM-2017)

A tCON chip is a timing controller chip that processes the video signal input and processes it to generate control signal to the source & gate driver of the LCD display. The memory is used a a frame memory which stores previous frame data. Samsung prepared a test chip that contains both SRAM and MRAM memory devices to show that there is no difference between the two. SRAM replacement is a popular MRAM application.

IMEC researchers demonstrate the world's smallest pMTJ at 8nm

Researchers at IMEC developed a 8nm perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) with 100% tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) and a magnetic coercive field up to 1,500 Oe in strength. The researchers also demonstrated integrated 1Mbit STT-MRAM 1T1MTJ arrays with pitches down to 100 nm.

IMEC says that this is the world's smallest pMTJ - which paves the way for high density stand-alone MRAM applications. The pMTJ was developed on 300mm silicon wafers in a production process that is compatible with the thermal budget of standard CMOS back-end-of-line technology.

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

STT-MRAM developer 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.

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

Spin 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.

Global Foundries to offer Everspin's PMTJ STT-MRAM as an embedded memory solution

Everspin announced that its perpendicular (pMTJ) STT-MRAM memory is going to be deployed by Global Foundries as an embedded 22nm memory. Everspin licensed its technology global foundries which will offer this as part of its 22FDX platform.

Global Foundries 22nm eMRAM slide

The 22FDX platform targets emerging applications such as battery powered consumer devices, IoT, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Vision Processing. Customers of Global Foundries will now be able to embed MRAM memory in next-generation SoC and MCU based producers.