Toshiba says that their newly developed perpendicular magnetization-type magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) device has excellent properties - and it can be a basic element towards a gigabit STT-MRAM device. The company says that these 'research results' are encouraging and they will now shift to the development of products. Commercialization of gigabit STT-MRAM is expected within 3 to 4 years.
MTJ cross section (Toshiba)
The device's writing current density is 5 x 105Acm-2, which is 1/6 that of the company's existing products. And its magnetic resistance (MR), which determines data reading margin, is 200%, which was drastically improved from the 15% of the existing products. Toshiba managed to have both a low writing current density and a high MR ratio by using cobalt and iron based materials for the recording layer.