There’s never been a more exciting time for emerging memory technologies. New memory types like PCM, MRAM, ReRAM, FRAM, and others have been waiting patiently, sometimes for decades, for an opportunity to make a sizeable markets of their own. Today it appears that their opportunity is very near.
Some of these memory types are already being manufactured in volume, and the established niches that these chips sell into can provide good revenue. But the market is poised to experience a very dramatic upturn as advanced logic processing nodes drive sophisticated processors and ASICs to adopt emerging persistent memory technologies. Meanwhile Intel has started to aggressively promote its new 3D XPoint memory for use as a persistent (nonvolatile) memory layer for advanced computing. It’s no wonder that SNIA, JEDEC, and other standards bodies, along with the Linux community and major software firms are working hard to implement the necessary standards and ecosystems to support widespread adoption of the persistent nature of these new technologies.
This post introduces a series on emerging memory technologies, looking at them from several angles, and predicting how these technologies will change both the chip market and the market for the capital equipment used to produce these chips. It consists of excerpts from a recently-released report from Objective Analysis and Coughlin Associates: Emerging Memories Poised to Explode.
There are six sections:
- Why Emerging Memories are Necessary
- Understanding Bit Selectors
- The Technologies: MRAM, ReRAM, PCM/XPoint, FRAM, etc.
- Process Equipment Requirements
- Emerging Memory Companies
- Forecasting Emerging Memories
The Memory Guy has provided these to help readers understand the emerging memory technologies and markets. Questions and comments are appreciated.