Fundamentals of Memory – Free Online Course

Fundamentals of Memory Course - EE TimesSome time ago The Memory Guy was asked by Numonyx (later acquired by Micron) to put together an online course for EE Times on memory technologies, explaining how each one works and where it is used.

Although the course was very well received, I never posted a link to it on The Memory Guy blog.  This post is intended to correct that error.

The course runs 75 minutes and covers the basics of DRAM, non-volatile RAM, SRAM, NAND flash, NOR flash, mask ROM, and EEPROM.  It explains each technology’s advances in size, cost and performance, leading up to the development of newer memory technologies including phase-change memory (PCM or PRAM), ferroelectric memory (FRAM or FeRAM) and magnetic RAM (MRAM).

Even though this course was originally recorded in 2010, the material is still current, since it was put together with an eye on the future.

Viewers are transported from the basics of each of the leading memory technologies to an update on the newest alternatives, explaining each one’s performance characteristics and most likely applications, with a focus on phase-change memory as an example.  Along the way, viewers will learn the terminology, underlying physics, and relative performance of each memory type.

You have to register with TechOnline (EE Times’ parent company) to see it, and you have to allow pop-ups from this site, but it’s worth the extra steps.  Have a look.  Click here to see the course.

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