Emerging Memory Technologies: Materials, Devices and Architectures
Scaling challenges with existing memory devices have prompted numerous attempts at replacements. Flash memory has moved from lateral to vertical scaling. New memories devices such as STT-MRAM and PCRAM, and new architectures such as cross point, have emerged in recent years. Each is trying to fill the gap in the current memory hierarchy.
Even with these new approaches, opportunities still exist. Promising research in architectural areas such as FeRAM and ReRAM are one example. Their full integration with existing semiconductor processes is not fully understood. These new materials also create challenges for the processing tools as attempts are made to scale them to economically attractive dimensions.
In this presentation, we will review the different types of memory and look at the challenges in bringing advanced memories to market. We’ll also discuss some of the most promising potential solutions for the materials, devices and architecture needed to fill the gaps in the current memory landscape.