Nanotechnology-Enabled Memory Market to Surpass $7 Billion in 2010, Says New NanoMarkets Report

Feb 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from NanoMarkets

    GLEN ALLEN, Va., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new report from
 NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm based here, the market for nano-enabled
 memory will grow to $7 billion ($US) in 2010, up from $1.4 billion on 2008.
     As current memory solutions reach their limits in terms of both scaling
 and the speed and capacity requirements of next-generation mobile
 communications, nano-enabled memory solutions will become increasingly
 important commercially. NanoMarkets' new report, "Nano-enabled Memory and
 Storage, 2006 & Beyond" examines how and where these new memory solutions will
 be deployed in the coming years and which technologies and applications will
 be the most successful. For more details about the report, including a first
 chapter, table of contents and excerpt, please visit
 Members of the accredited trade press may request an executive summary of the
     Market Outlook:
     By 2010 NanoMarkets predicts that four key segments will have emerged in
 the nano-enabled memory markets: MRAM, Ovonic, Holographic and
 Nanocrystalline. NanoMarkets projects that MRAM will account for $1.5 billion
 in revenues in 2010 followed by holographic and nanocrystalline at $980
 million each and ovonic memory at $877 million. MRAM promises a high-capacity
 next-generation memory that can replace SRAM/Flash combos and battery-backed
 up RAM as well as supplying improved non-volatile memory solutions for high-
 end mobile products. MRAM is already sampling and there are as many as 20
 firms actively pursuing this opportunity. Meanwhile, important firms such as
 Intel, Freescale, Micron, Samsung, STMicroelectronics are beginning to settle
 on new technology platforms for the post-Flash era and are finding ovonic and
 nanocrystalline memories increasingly to their liking. NanoMarkets also
 believes that holographic memory is likely to be a prime contender for both
 high-end data storage and consumer video media markets in the not-too-distant-
     Nanomemory has made a slow start with several promised product launches
 that have failed to materialize. Nonetheless, after talking with many
 executives in the semiconductor industry and at OEMs, NanoMarkets sees 2010 as
 a breakout year for nanomemory, because by that time, conventional solutions
 will simply be unable to scale further or provide the memory requirements
 needed for ubiquitous computing. Of course, NanoMarkets heard similar stories
 when it researched this area two years ago, but we believe that technical
 improvements (such as lower power requirements for ovonic memory) and real
 commitments from larger firms to specific nanomemory platforms (Freescale to
 nanocrystalline memories) have now brought nanomemory much closer to reality.
     What's Driving the Market?
     The main reason for such growing commitments is that scaling has now
 become a serious issue for the memory industry. At 65 nm leakage is a major
 hurdle and 65-nm fabs will be up and running in just a year or so. 3D
 structures offer one solution, but there's a limit on how far you can go with
 this dodge. Similarly, SRAM makers have largely abandoned large 6T cells in
 portable devices in favor of 1T pseudo SRAM (PSRAM). But again, this is only a
 holding action until something better comes along. And Flash has a serious
 architectural scaling problem that seems likely to become critical well below
 90 nm.
     Such problems are making both semiconductor firms and OEMs take
 nanomemories much more seriously than they did a couple of years ago. Not only
 are many of these new technologies inherently more scalable, but they seem
 well suited to the next generation of mobile computing and communications that
 will cry out for high capacity memories capable of storing and rapidly
 accessing video and large databases without overburdening battery power
     Nanomemory solutions seem to be a key technology in light of such
 problems. For example, nanocrystalline memories can bring non-volatile memory
 right onto the CPU chip, increasing data access times and reducing power and
 chip count. Nanotube technology may replace on-chip SRAM in L2 cache and would
 considerably reduce the power consumption of today's CPUs. MRAM could even
 prove a threat to the disk-drive industry. A large bank of low-power, fast,
 non-volatile MRAM memories could hold the computer's system and applications
 software in addition to all data, enabling an "instant on" notebook that could
 last all day on a single battery.
     About the Report:
     NanoMarkets' new report covers the markets for FRAM, MRAM, nanocrystalline
 memory, 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

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