Spin Transfer Technologies starts sampling 80nm OST-MRAM chips

Jan 26, 2017

Spin Transfer Technologies announced that it started to deliver fully functional ST-MRAM samples to customers in North America and Asia.

The sample devices are based on the company's Orthogonal Spin Transfer Magneto-Resistive Random Access Memory technology (OST-MRAM), and use 80nm perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs)., the latest generation of MRAM technology.

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

Sep 27, 2016

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.

Spin Transfer Technologies produced working 60-nm STT-MRAM prototypes

Feb 04, 2016

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) has successfully produced a working prototype STT-MRAM device. The company's advanced prototyping magnetics processing line at its facility in Fremont, California, is now fully operational.

STT's prototypes incorporate proprietary, performance-enhancing ‘spin-filtering’ technology, and were fabricated on industry standard CMOS wafers sourced from a high volume Asian foundry supplier. The prototypes are based on 60-nm perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction devices

Crocus says it prevailed in their patent case against spin transfer technologies

Dec 03, 2015

In November 2013, Crocus Technology filed an Inter Partes Review petition to the US PTO, claiming that Spin Transfer Technologies's US patent #6,980,469 describes a technology already used in prior art, in particular in the patent portfolio of Crocus. In April 2014, the USPTO issued a preliminary decision in favor of Crocus' petition.

Crocus now says that it has prevailed in the Inter Partes Review of the patent. Crocus petitioned to cancel all or part of the patent as Crocus’s patent portfolio includes a patent on this technology that makes advanced non-volatile memory blocks more efficient. After careful consideration, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office issued its final written decision cancelling or finding unpatentable all but three claims of the ’469 patent.

Crocus says the USPTO ruled a favorable preliminary decision in their case against STT's patent

Apr 12, 2014

In November 2013, Crocus Technology filed an Inter Partes Review petition to the US PTO, claiming that Spin Transfer Technologies's US patent #6,980,469 describes a technology already used in prior art, in particular in the patent portfolio of Crocus.

Crocus Technology now says that the USPTO issued a preliminary decision in favor of Crocus' petition - saying that there is a “reasonable likelihood” that Crocus will prevail with respect to its challenge. The patent in question describes a high-speed low power magnetic devices based on current induced spin-moment transfer.

Crocus files a petition to the US PTO saying that an STT patent should be cancelled

Nov 11, 2013

Crocus Technology filed an Inter Partes Review petition to the US PTO, claiming that US patent #6,980,469 describes a technology already used in prior art, in particular in the patent portfolio of Crocus. The patent in question describes a high-speed low power magnetic devices based on current induced spin-moment transfer, and is owned by New York University (although crocus says in their PR that it is owned by Spin Transfer Technologies (STT).

Crocus currently holds 154 patents, describing their Magnetic Logic unit (MLU) design and manufacturing as well as generic technologies like STT (Spin Torque Transfer).

Spin Transfer Technologies appoints Barry Hoberman as chairman and CEO

Nov 18, 2012

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) announced that Barry Hoberman has been appointed as CEO and Chairman of the board. Barry was Crocus Technology's chief marketing officer, and we interviewed him in January.

Back in February STT announced that they raised $36 million to accelerate the development of its patented orthogonal spin transfer magneto resistive random access memory technology (OST-MRAM) - by scaling operation, hiring new employees and purchasing equipment. Back in October 2008 we have interviewed Vincent Chun, who was then the executive in charge at STT.

Spin Transfer Technologies raised $36 million to accelerate its OST-MRAM technology development

Feb 14, 2012

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) announced that they raised $36 million in series A funding led by parent company, Allied Minds and Invesco Asset Management. STT will use the money to accelerate the development of its patented orthogonal spin transfer magneto resistive random access memory technology (OST-MRAM) - by scaling operation, hiring new employees and purchasing equipment.

This is great news for STT. The last we heard from the company was in November 2010 when they announced the successful development of the STT-MRAM device that uses STT's proprietary orthogonal spin transfer technology with a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) for memory state read-out.

STT developed a new STT-MRAM device with an MTJ element, a major step towards commercialization

Nov 19, 2010

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) developed the first STT-MRAM device that uses STT's proprietary orthogonal spin transfer technology with a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) for memory state read-out. Using the MTJ element makes the device compatible with CMOS logic, and takes the orthogonal spin transfer technology a major step closer to commercialization.

The new device features deterministic switching, resulting in no incubation delays, 100% probability of switching with 500 picosecond pulses utilizing only 250 femtoJoules of energy, 100% magnetoresistance ratio, providing a highly sensitive readout of the magnetic state and bipolar switching behavior (switching upon either polarity of current pulse) potentially allowing simpler or fewer CMOS elements.

Spin Transfer Technologies and Singulus to collaborate on STT-RAM

Jul 27, 2010

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) and Singulus Technologies will collaborate to apply advanced deposition techniques to support commercial development of STT’s novel MRAM memory devices. The companies will use Singulus TIMARIS deposition tool to create magnetic layer stacks with STT’s design specifications. These layer stacks will then be processed at STT contracted facilities into memory arrays for testing, optimization, and eventually, pre-commercial prototyping.

Singulus has already sold several TIMARIS systems for MRAM companies (including Grandis and Crocus). STT is working towards Orthogonal Spin Transfer MRAM or OST-MRAM for short. Back in October 2008 we have interviewed Vincent Chun, the executive in charge at Spin Transfer Technologies.