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 www.nanomarkets.net. Members of the accredited trade press may request an executive summary of the report. 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- future. 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 sources. 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 www.nanomarkets.net.