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From: Sam12/18/2017 10:41:08 PM
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Four Foundries Back MRAM
Next-gen embedded memory technology ramps up in wake of flash scaling issues.
August 23rd, 2017 - By: Mark LaPedus

Four major foundries plan to offer MRAM as an embedded memory solution by this year or next, setting the stage for what finally could prove to be a game-changer for this next-generation memory technology.

GlobalFoundries, Samsung, TSMC and UMC plan to start offering spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive RAM (ST-MRAM or STT-MRAM) as an alternative or a replacement to NOR flash, possibly starting later this year. This represents a big shift in the market, because until now only Everspin has shipped MRAM for various applications, such as a battery-backed SRAM replacement, write-cache and others.

The next big opportunity for STT-MRAM is the embedded memory IP market. NOR flash, the traditional embedded memory, is running into an assortment of issues as it migrates from 40nm to 28nm and beyond. So the backing of these foundries could transform STT-MRAM into a de facto replacement technology at advanced nodes.

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