RRAM Redux

RRAM Redux
by Bernard Murphy on 11-04-2016 at 7:00 am

Advanced memory technologies are a perennially hot topic thanks to a proliferation of data-hungry applications pushing our demand for more capacity and performance at less power and area. Among several technology contenders is Resistive RAM or RRAM (also called ReRAM). In this technology a conducting filament is grown through… Read More


Memory War Z: Samsung spins antidote to 3D XPoint

Memory War Z: Samsung spins antidote to 3D XPoint
by Don Dingee on 08-12-2016 at 4:00 pm

The 2016 edition of the Flash Memory Summit produced more than the usual amount of excitement. Samsung’s response to the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint challenge arrived in new slideware, indicating the war for next-generation SSDs is just starting. Who has the advantage?

We’d all like to think this is about creating a breakthrough technology,… Read More


Moving chips from industrial to industrial IoT

Moving chips from industrial to industrial IoT
by Don Dingee on 05-27-2016 at 4:00 pm

IHS has put out its 1Q2016 Application Market Forecast predicting the highest growth rate segments for semiconductors over the next five years – and what was once old is new yet again. There it is, in the top right corner: industrial, projected to outpace even the automotive sector.… Read More


The Trojan Horse Was Free Too

The Trojan Horse Was Free Too
by Paul McLellan on 06-01-2015 at 7:00 am

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. I fear the Greeks especially when bearing gifts. In Virgil’s Aeneid these words are spoken by the Trojan priest Laocoön warning about the wooden horse that the Greeks have offered Troy. But to no avail, Laocoön is slain by serpents and the Trojans bring the horse inside the walls of Troy. Since… Read More


Sidense overlays OTP on TSMC 16nm FinFET

Sidense overlays OTP on TSMC 16nm FinFET
by Don Dingee on 09-13-2014 at 7:00 am

Process shrinks, which have served us well for most of the Moore’s Law journey, are reaching their limits. For switching transistors, the biggest problems of leakage current and gate oxide vulnerability in planar MOSFETs have led the industry to new 3D microstructures such as FinFET. For non-volatile memory, the problem is generally… Read More


Sidense NVM IP clears TSMC9000 at 28nm

Sidense NVM IP clears TSMC9000 at 28nm
by Don Dingee on 05-29-2014 at 7:00 pm

Maybe I’ve spent too many years whiffing solder flux fumes and absorbing doses of X-band radiation in anechoic chambers, but I’m a firm believer in the axiom: “Give me enough engineers, and I can get 10 of anything to work right, once.” We have to make this … fit into this … using only this stuff … is what legends are made of.… Read More


Rekeying the IoT with eMTP

Rekeying the IoT with eMTP
by Don Dingee on 01-22-2014 at 4:10 pm

For non-volatile storage in IoT devices, there is technology designed to be reprogrammed many times, and technology designed to be programmed once. The many times mode is for application code, while the once mode is for keying and calibration parameters. We are about to enter the IoT rekeying zone, in between these two extremes.… Read More


Sidense and TSMC Processes

Sidense and TSMC Processes
by Paul McLellan on 09-14-2013 at 2:21 pm

I’ve written before about the basic capabilities of Sidense’s single transistor one-time programmable memory products (1T-OTP). Just to summarize, it is an anti-fuse device that works by permanently rupturing the gate oxide under the bit-cells storage transistor, something that is obviously irreversible.… Read More


Non-volatile Memory in the Internet of Things

Non-volatile Memory in the Internet of Things
by Paul McLellan on 08-06-2013 at 9:33 pm

You have probably heard of the Internet of Things or IoT. This is the future world in which not only are our computers and smartphones connected to the internet, but all sort of other things like thermostats, medical monitors, smart car-keys and soil analyzers. What these “things” have in common is that, unlike computers… Read More


NVM IP: why only anti fuse solution from Novocell Semiconductor is 100% reliable?

NVM IP: why only anti fuse solution from Novocell Semiconductor is 100% reliable?
by Eric Esteve on 07-28-2012 at 3:29 am

The concept of Non Volatile Memory (NVM) block which could be integrated into an ASIC is relatively recent, Novocell for example has been created in 2001. NVM IP integration into an ASIC is a pretty smart technology: integrating from a few bytes to up to Mbits into a SoC can help reducing the number of chips in a system, increase security… Read More