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NVM battle: When will choices be made?

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STTMRAM? MRAM? NVM? non-volatile memory?

STTMRAM/MRAM and RRAM have different features and positioning. Nevertheless, they will compete in 2015 and 2016 in some stand-alone markets, with storage class memory for enterprise storage being the biggest one. They will also compete in embedded MCU markets in the wearable, smart card and other markets. Micron has already selected RRAM for 2015 and other key stand-alone players like Samsung and SK Hynix should react quickly. In the embedded memory space, only Panasonic has selected RRAM and many key players have not yet made their choice. There is still high uncertainty over what will be the best technology to adopt.

The next two years will therefore be critical for the future. There are multiple selection criteria, including scalability, retention, speed, endurance and cost. Making the right choice is not an easy task. And Yole, in its report, provides insights about the main market drivers for each type of memory in each application.

In the long term, STTMRAM is sure to be the only candidate to substitute DRAM thanks to its high endurance. RRAM is sure to substitute NAND thanks to its high scalability/low cost.

Yole's analysis provides a market forecast for each technology by application, in units, in Gbit, revenues and also number of wafers. It also presents a precise review of all the latest technical developments by the main players to understand the status of the technology and the main technical challenges.

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