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Adesto set to ship Altis-made CBRAMs

Posted: 01 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SBRAMs? 1Mb serial EEPROM? 130nm CMOS?

Startup Adesto Technologies Corp. plans to ship this year products made by French foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA. The company, a developer of conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, announced in September last year that it would start sampling a 1Mb serial EEPROM replacement in the first quarter of 2011.

Adesto said it has formed a development and manufacturing partnership with Altis that will ship "CBRAM-based devices" in 2011. The two companies have been working together in research for two-and-a-half years, Adesto said.

Ed McKernan, director of business development for Adesto, said: "Yes we will be shipping our first product, a 1Mb serial EEPROM drop-in replacement in 130nm CMOS in 2H11. With regards to samples, as we had planned, we received internal samples in Q1 and we are sampling to customers in Q3." Altis currently manufactures a 130nm CMOS process at its 200mm wafer fab with plans to go 90nm.

Adesto is developing both standalone CBRAMs and embedded memory cores for licensing, the company said. CBRAM has been shown to scale both physically with Moore's Law to below 20nm as well as operationally with sub-1V operation, Adesto said. CBRAM cells can be programmed in less than 100ns and CBRAM consumes 100x lower current than current flash memory technologies in the market, the company added.

Adesto's technology is based on programmable metallization cell (PMC) technology licensed from Axon Technologies Corp., a spin-off of Arizona State University. Adesto is pitching its nonvolatile memory at applications in mobile devices and in servers, where power consumption and performance are both critical.

"Altis has been a valuable partner that has demonstrated a high level of know-how and innovation in the development of our technology. Both companies have worked relentlessly to reach fully yielding devices in relatively record time which is a significant milestone in any new memory technology development effort," said Narbeh Derhacobian, CEO of Adesto, in a statement.

"CBRAM is the low-cost, low-power and scalable emerging memory technology that opens up many opportunities for both Altis and Adesto," said Jean-Paul Beisson, CEO of Altis, in the same statement.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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