NanoMarkets Releases Article on Ovonic Memory in Advance of New Report

    GLEN ALLEN, Va., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, a leading industry
 analyst firm based here, has released both a preview and a first chapter from
 its upcoming report, "The Market For Nano-Enabled Memory and Storage -- 2006 &
 Beyond." This new NanoMarkets report will be released in mid-February. To
 access the article please visit the firm's Perspectives page on its web site
 at http://www.nanomarkets.net.
 
     Excerpted:
     In late 2004 when NanoMarkets published its first report on the market for
 nano-engineered computer memory, ovonic memory was just one among many such
 memory technology choices. The technology had been researched for years (back
 in 1970 it was Gordon Moore himself who said that ovonic memory had great
 potential) but even as recently as a few years ago, issues regarding power
 consumption and resilience still remained. Ovonic memory did have some support
 from major electronics firms -- notably STMicroelectronics -- but in 2004, it
 wasn't getting the kind of respect that MRAM was.
     In 2006 Ovonic memory, also called phase-change memory, is now a hot
 technology with both R&D and commercialization efforts being carried out by
 BAE Systems, Hitachi, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Philips, Samsung, and
 STMicroelectronics, along with a number of smaller firms. The widely held
 consensus is that by 2010, conventional DRAM, SRAM and Flash technologies will
 no longer be able to scale successfully. And even before that, the speed and
 capacity of Flash memory is likely to prove inadequate as a non-volatile
 memory for some ubiquitous computing devices. Ovonic memory, along with
 nanocrystalline memory and MRAM, has emerged as one of three key nanomemory
 technologies that could potentially provide solutions to these problems.
 
     About the Report:
     NanoMarkets' new report covers the markets for FRAM, MRAM, ovonic memory,
 nanotube memory, molecular memory, polymer memory, holographic memory and
 MEMS-based memory systems. The report identifies and quantifies the
 opportunities presented by these technologies and the timeframes in which they
 will emerge. The current state of development for each of these technologies
 is identified -- are they in R&D, sampling, pilot production, full-scale
 production? -- as are the markets for these products. The report discusses the
 types of end product that will use each of these technologies and in what
 context -- i.e., do they replace DRAM, SRAM, Flash, disk storage or some
 combination of these? Will they create entirely new products? The role of key
 semiconductor companies and OEMs is also discussed, including the progress of
 some of the smaller firms active in this space. Particular attention is paid
 to how many of the competing nanomemory solutions can succeed and which ones
 they are most likely to be. Detailed market forecasts are included broken out
 by technology type and application served.
 
     About NanoMarkets:
     NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities created by
 developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports
 related to the electronics industry with specific attention to
 nanoelectronics, organic, thin film and printable electronics. For a full
 listing of the firm's research reports, white papers and posted articles,
 please visit http://www.nanomarkets.net.
 
 

SOURCE NanoMarkets

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