|[November 12, 2012]
Everspin Debuts First Spin-Torque MRAM for High Performance Storage Systems
CHANDLER, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
Everspin Technologies leads the industry in commercializing the first
Spin-Torque Magnetoresistive RAM (News - Alert) (ST-MRAM),
a new type of high performance and ultra-low latency memory that is
expected to transform storage architecture and help drive the continuous
evolution of Moore's Law.
ST-MRAM is a performance-optimized Storage Class Memory (SCM) that
bridges the role of today's conventional memory with the demands of
tomorrow's storage systems by providing non-volatility, high endurance
and ultra-low latency. The 64Mb device is the first product in
Everspin's ST-MRAM roadmap that is planned to scale to gigabit density
memories with faster speeds. Select customers are now evaluating samples
of Everspin's EMD3D064M 64Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM.
"The properties of ST-MRAM are particularly appealing to the enterprise
SSD market because of its ability to enhance and complement flash memory
technology," said Joseph Unsworth, research vice president at Gartner (News - Alert).
"The commercialization of this technology is an important industry
milestone that should continue to drive SSD proliferation in data center
and in-memory computing architectures."
The first semiconductor memory that combines the speed and endurance of
DRAM with the non-volatility of Flash, ST-MRAM gives designers of high
performance storage systems the ability to achieve ultra low latency,
increase reliability with high cycling endurance and protect data in the
event of power loss. One example of potential use is in the area of
cloud storage-even as more users and content are added, faster and
consistent data storage access is a necessity.
"Existing memory technologies face significant challenges to deliver the
right balance of performance, power consumption, and reliability as they
scale to smaller process geometries," said Jeff Janukowicz, research
director for Solid State Storage and Enabling Technologies at IDC (News - Alert). "The
commercialization of the first 64Mb Spin-Torque MRAM is an industry
milestone along the path to broader use of more varied non-volatile
memory technologies to improve storage device reliability, and to
Everspin's proprietary Spin-Torque
technology uses a spin-polarized current for switching. Data is
stored as a magnetic state versus an electronic charge, providing a
non-volatile memory bit that does not suffer wear-out or data retention
issues associated with Flash technology. The EMD3D064M 64Mb ST- MRAM is
functionally compatible with the industry standard JEDEC specification
for the DDR3 interface, which delivers up to 1600 million transfers per
second per I/O, translating to memory bandwidth of up to 3.2
GBytes/second at nanosecond class latency. The product is offered in an
industry standard WBGA package aligned with the DDR3 standard.
"Data has transcended from being a buzzword to where it's an invaluable
commodity. At the heart of the data revolution is the issue of how to
store, manage and retain it securely, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our first ST-MRAM product has the potential to carry today's high
performance storage systems to greater heights," said Phill LoPresti,
president and CEO of Everspin Technologies. "We are collaborating with
select customers to allow them to evaluate and take advantage of
Spin-Torque MRAM technology sooner and to gather feedback that will help
us finalize our 64Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM for production."
ST-MRAM gives system designers the benefit of persistent, high endurance
storage or memory for applications that demand better reliability and
that need the performance boost of DDR3 speed. The 64Mb density MRAM
provides an ideal entry point for non-volatile buffer and cache memory
in solid state and RAID storage systems as well as storage appliances.
The 64Mb device will complement existing low cost memory technologies,
reducing overall system cost and complexity.
Everspin is manufacturing ST-MRAM on its
200mm production line in Chandler, Arizona and is collaborating with
industry leaders to establish 300mm MRAM tools and additional fab
capacity. Everspin is also working with design partners to ensure that
the required tools and support are in place to drive the rapid adoption
of ST-MRAM, including the necessary memory controllers, memory modules
(DIMMs) and evaluation platforms.
Everspin is shipping working samples of the
EMD3D064M 64Mb DDR3 ST- MRAM to select customers and will announce
details on broad availability in 2013. In addition, Everspin is offering
ST-MRAM non-volatile random access memory modules in industry standard
configurations, and PCIe FPGA platforms are available now allowing
customers to start designs.
For more information, visit http://everspin.com/spinTorqueMRAM.php
About Everspin Technologies
Everspin Technologies is the
leading developer and manufacturer of magnetic RAM (MRAM), offering
stand-alone and embedded Toggle and Spin-Torque MRAM products. As the
world's first volume MRAM supplier, Everspin has established itself as
"The MRAM Company" with an intellectual property portfolio of more than
600 active patents and applications, many of which are fundamental and
essential for MRAM technologies. Today Everspin delivers MRAM products
to broad applications in the data center and storage, energy and
infrastructure, and automotive and transportation markets. www.everspin.com
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Technologies, Inc. 2012.
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