Cars, smartphones, AI among NRAM applications in waiting

March 29, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Nano-RAM non-volatile memories, based on carbon-nanotubes (CNTs), will prove useful in a broad swathe applications after they start to appear in 2019, according to Greg Schmergel, CEO of technology developer Nantero Inc. (Woburn, Mass.)

A 16Gbit multilayer NRAM is set to sample late in 2019, from an unnamed licensee while Fujitsu Semiconductor will deploy NRAM as an embedded non-volatile memory in a 55nm process, Schmergel told eeNews Europe in an interview (see CEO interview: Nantero's Schmergel says NRAM production is close ).

Nantero describes its NRAM as being monolithically capable of terabit capacity while being as fast at DRAM and non-volatile like flash memory. It is also reliable up to 300 degrees C.

Schmergel expressed confidence that it could displace DRAM cache chips in hard disk drives and solid-state drives, could gain a place in mobile electronics such as wearables, smartphones and tablet computers, in automotive applications and MCUs in servers designed to run artificial intelligence and machine learning software and in industrial applications such as IoT.

According to its website Nantero has two infrastructure systems companies and six semiconductor companies already signed up as licensees and multiple foundries ready to manufacture that will be announced "soon."

It is notable that Dell Computer, the world's leading buyer of DRAM components, is an investor in Nantero.

Related links and articles:

www.nantero.com

Nantero: NRAM as storage class memory

News articles:

CEO interview: Nantero's Schmergel says NRAM production is close

Fujitsu is licensee of Nantero's carbon-nanotube RAM

Dell is backer of carbon nanotube RAM pioneer

Nantero takes funding above $110 million

Crossbar raises $35 million for ReRAM roll out

ST opts for phase-change memory on 28nm FDSOI


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