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July 24, 2018 //By Peter Clarke
Applied, ARM to develop CeRAM for neuromorphic applications
Semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Applied Materials Inc. has been selected by DARPA to work with ARM Ltd. and research firm Symetrix Corp. to develop a switch that functions like the neuron and synapses of the human brain, based on Correlated-Electron RAM (CeRAM) technology.

It is thought that ARM is a main licensee of the CeRAM technology from Symetrix and that Applied Materials has been exploring atomic layer deposition with the various material combinations that may display the correlated electron effect.

Although Professor Araujo started his Correlated-Electron RAM research with nickel oxides other materials such as hafnium oxide may be more familiar and easy to integrate with CMOS circuitry in commercial wafer fabs. ARM and Symetrix have been quiet about progress with CeRAM since 2014 but the technology clearly shows enough promise to have attracted DARPA's support.

"This project is a perfect example of how new materials and architectures can be developed to enable new ways to accelerate artificial intelligence applications as classic Moore's Law scaling slows," said Steve Ghanayem, senior vice president of new markets and alliances at Applied Materials, in a statement. "Applied has the industry’s broadest portfolio in materials engineering capabilities and is excited to be part of a team enabling breakthroughs for artificial intelligence."

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