WOBURN, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Nantero, Inc. announced today
that it has fabricated and successfully tested a 22-nanometer(nm) NRAM(TM)
memory switch. This switch demonstrates that NRAM(TM) is scalable to
numerous process technology nodes over several decades. NRAM(TM) is a
rewritable memory device that holds its data content without power, making
it a potential universal memory and an ideal solution for numerous
applications, including portable consumer products.
In addition to the advanced R&D work that resulted in the fabrication
of the 22nm NRAM(TM) switch, Nantero is also engaged in the development of
NRAM(TM) memory chips at technology nodes in use today. This development is
being conducted in production CMOS fabs, and Nantero has already developed
a production-compatible process for making NRAM(TM), using only existing
tools and processes. Nantero's NRAM(TM) switches have been tested by
writing and reading data using three (3) nanosecond cycle times, giving it
the potential to match the fastest memories in production today.
NRAM(TM) switches are fabricated using Nantero's proprietary carbon
nanotube fabric, covered by US patent 6,706,402. Nantero now has over 80
patent applications pending covering multiple aspects of carbon nanotube
use in electronics, of which over a dozen have been granted.
The semiconductor industry is actively evaluating emerging memory
technologies in their search for a new scalable memory technology because
the memory devices in use today are not expected to scale beyond very few
additional process technology nodes.
Greg Schmergel, Nantero's co-founder and CEO, stated, "These results
demonstrate that NRAM(TM) can be the standalone and embedded memory of
choice. NRAM(TM) combines the nonvolatility of flash with the speed of SRAM
and the density of DRAM." Greg noted, "We have also proven that NRAM(TM)
can be scaled for many future generations and we believe the scaling will
continue down to below the 5nm technology node."
Nantero is a nanotechnology company using carbon nanotubes for the
development of next-generation semiconductor devices. Nantero's main focus
is the development of NRAM(TM) -- a high-density nonvolatile random access
storage device. NRAM(TM) will replace all existing forms of storage, such
as DRAM, SRAM and flash memory, with a high-density nonvolatile RAM --
'universal memory.' The potential applications for the nonvolatile RAM that
Nantero is developing add up to over $100B in revenue potential, including
the ability to enable instant-on computers and to replace the memory in
devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and PDAs, as
well as applications in the networking arena. NRAM(TM) can be manufactured
for both standalone and embedded memory applications. Nantero is also
working with licensees on the development of additional applications of
Nantero's core nanotube-based technology. For more information on Nantero,
Inc. contact SGN Public Relations & Marketing at Suzanne@nantero.com
SOURCE Nantero, Inc.