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Changing market needs open doors for emerging memories

Posted: 09 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:In-Stat/MDR? MEMS? 3D memory? MRAM? FeRAM?

An analysis from In-Stat/MDR indicates that new memory technologies are emerging as a result of changing market needs. Products based upon MRAM, FeRAM, chalcogenide, polymer, MEMS and write-once 3D memory technologies are in various stages of development by many companies, with commercial release of some of these products already planned for the near future. One or more of these technologies are projected to begin shipping in substantial volumes within the next five years.

In-Stat/MDR opines that although it is not easy for a new technology to become commercially successful in memory markets, changing market needs may facilitate the market penetration of one or more new technologies, with the market for these emerging memory technologies attaining close to $250 million in revenue by 2006.

The study says that of the most recent emerging memory technologies, only Flash has succeeded in the market. Despite being fundamentally a variant of the existing EEPROM, Flash required nearly a decade from introduction to major success.

According to In-Stat, there are two major market trends that have caused the increased interest in and potential for new memories; increased demand for portable products that could benefit from a single chip memory that offers space and power savings, and the increasing demand for large memory arrays for mass storage of images and audio that is being fueled by digital cameras, MP3 players and other similar products.

In-Stat/MDR further analyzes that successful technologies will only be those that offer either the ability to replace two different chips with a single chip, significantly more storage capacity at an acceptable cost or a major user benefit at virtually no price penalty.

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