editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Layering On

A long time ago we took a look at MRAM technology, and Crocus was one of the companies in play. Well, it’s been quiet since then. Lots of exotic memory ideas come in with a bang and quietly exit stage left at some point. Was MRAM going to be one of them?

Well, apparently not. At least not until Crocus finds a way to burn through a new $300M round of funding. For those of you struggling to get a measly $5M eleemosynary handout for a software venture, you’ve got to be shaking your head.

Of course, you know that that kind of money must involve capital, most likely a factory. And, in fact, the idea is to set up a back-end fab in Russia to add layers to standard CMOS wafers: those added layers will implement the magnetics (much the way a CMOS-last MEMS process builds on a pre-processed CMOS wafer). According to Crocus’s Barry Hoberman, there are three extra layers needed for the magnetics, plus one more metal/via layer.

The 90-/65-nm line should let them get up to 1G memories, perhaps beyond.

More funding details in their release

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Sep 20, 2021
As it seems to be becoming a (bad) habit, This Week in CFD is presented here as Last Week in CFD. But that doesn't make the news any less relevant. Great article on wind tunnels because they go... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
Sep 18, 2021
Projects with a steampunk look-and-feel incorporate retro-futuristic technology and aesthetics inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery....
Sep 15, 2021
Learn how chiplets form the basis of multi-die HPC processor architectures, fueling modern HPC applications and scaling performance & power beyond Moore's Law. The post What's Driving the Demand for Chiplets? appeared first on From Silicon To Software....
Aug 5, 2021
Megh Computing's Video Analytics Solution (VAS) portfolio implements a flexible and scalable video analytics pipeline consisting of the following elements: Video Ingestion Video Transformation Object Detection and Inference Video Analytics Visualization   Because Megh's ...

featured video

Gesture Detection for Automotive In-Cabin Applications

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

See how using 60GHz radar for automotive in-cabin gesture is ideal due to its small size and ability to sense through various materials. Applications using gesture control include changing radio stations, answering phone calls, opening windows, and more.

Click to learn more about gesture detection using 60GHz mmWave radar sensors

featured paper

Seamlessly connect your world with 16 new wireless MCUs for the 2.4-GHz and Sub-1-GHz bands

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Low-power wireless microcontroller (MCU) shipments are expected to double over the next four years to more than 4 billion units. This massive influx of MCUs will result in more opportunities for wireless connectivity than ever before, with growth across a wide range of applications and technologies. With the addition of 16 new wireless connectivity devices, we are empowering you to innovate, scale and accelerate the deployment of wireless connectivity – no matter what or how you are connecting.

Click to read more

featured chalk talk

Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity Part Two

Sponsored by Synopsys

Physical verification of IC designs at today’s advanced process nodes requires an immense amount of processing power. But, getting your design and verification tools to take full advantage of the compute resources available can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Manoz Palaparthi of Synopsys about dramatically improving the performance of your physical verification process. 

Click here for more information about Physical Verification using IC Validator