A New Memory Contender?

Momentum is building for a new class of ferroelectric memories that could alter the next-generation memory landscape. Generally, ferroelectrics are associated with a memory type called ferroelectric RAMs (FRAMs). Rolled out by several vendors in the late 1990s, FRAMs are low-power, nonvolatile devices, but they are also limited to niche applications and unable to scale beyond 130nm. While... » read more

Inside FD-SOI And Scaling

Gary Patton, chief technology officer at [getentity id="22819" comment="GlobalFoundries"], sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss FD-SOI, IC scaling, process technology and other topics. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: In logic, GlobalFoundries is shipping 14nm finFETs with 7nm in the works. The company is also readying 22nm FD-SOI technology with 12nm FD-SOI ... » read more

A Closer Look At One-Time Programmable Embedded Memory

Being the first month of the year, chip designers have probably reflected on 2015 and are thinking ahead to upcoming projects this year. They want to produce a product that reflects tomorrow’s needs for electronic devices that include low power, high performance and high security. Now, they’re thinking about embedded memory, a requirement for all electronic devices. It’s captured the atte... » read more

A Guide To Power-Aware Memory Repair

The number of embedded memories contained within an SoC continues to grow rapidly. This growth has driven the need for rethinking manufacturing test strategies as embedded memories represent in most cases a die’s largest contributor to yield loss due to the very large area and density of these regular circuits. A successful memory strategy must incorporate some form of repair methodology in o... » read more

Embedded Memory Impact On Power Grids

Introduction Due to the overwhelming technical advantages of having on-chip memories, embedded memories are ubiquitous in most chip designs, and can comprise significant portions of a chip (upwards of 50%, according to some authors). Accordingly, a chip’s power grid design and analysis must account for the impact of these embedded memories, but design teams often struggle to resolve power... » read more