Tag Archives: memory

Current bending yields low-power magnetic memory

20160307102740_MRAM

by Harry Baggen @ elektormagazine.com:

Magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) is faster, more efficient and more robust than other data storage media. MRAM stores data by making clever use of electron spin – a sort of gyroscopic property of electrons. Because it used magnetism instead of stored charge, MRAM is nonvolatile, which means that the stored data can survive a power outage. MRAM also uses much less current. However, high peak currents are necessary to flip the electron spins in the right direction to store the data.

Current bending yields low-power magnetic memory – [Link]

Testing DRAM Using an Arduino

9056

Chris @ insentricity.com wanted to test a few dozen individual RAM chips so he decided to use Arduino to make his life a little bit easier. In the article he explains the interface with Arduino and gives the code on github.

My first thought was to test the chips in the TL866CS, but it doesn’t support them. What to do? Well why not build something with an Arduino to test the DRAM? I wasn’t sure how easy that would be since DRAM is trickier than SRAM because it requires a periodic refresh to keep the bits from fading.

Testing DRAM Using an Arduino – [Link]

Samsung launches industry’s first 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM

5-samsunglaunc

by Samsung:

Samsung Electronics announced that it is mass producing the industry’s first 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM, based on its advanced 20-nanometer (nm) process technology.

The newest LPDDR4 is expected to significantly accelerate the adoption of high capacity mobile DRAM worldwide. The 12Gb LPDDR4 brings the largest capacity and highest speed available for a DRAM chip, while offering excellent energy efficiency, reliability and ease of design – all essential to developing next-generation mobile devices.

Samsung launches industry’s first 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM – [Link]

Mini Project: Doorbell Memory

20150908094334_Postproject64

by Jan Buiting @ elektormagazine.com:

Even in the Internet & Wi-Fi age where it seems irrelevant just where you are at a specific time, it’s sometime useful to know if a visitor called at your door while you were out. Who knows, it might be the DHL man with a delivery of essential components!

The little circuit described in this article can reassure you that you haven’t missed the postman’s call irrespective of whether he always rings once or twice. It’s cheap and can probably be built from parts in your junkbox.

Doorbell Memory – [Link]

Toshiba launches 256-Gbit 48-layer 3-D NAND flash

Toshiba BiCS

by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Ready for sampling in September, Toshiba’s 48-layer BiCS (Bit Cost Scalable) flash memory stores 256 Gbits using a 3-D vertically stacked cell structure and 3-bit-per-cell triple-level cell technology. By employing this 48-layer vertical stacking process, BiCS flash surpasses the capacity of conventional 2-D NAND flash memory, where cells are arrayed in a planar direction on a silicon plane.

BiCS also enhances write/erase reliability endurance and boosts write speeds. The 256-Gbit (32-Gbyte) device can be used in a myriad of applications, including consumer solid-state drives, smart phones, tablets, memory cards, and enterprise SSDs for data centers.

Toshiba launches 256-Gbit 48-layer 3-D NAND flash – [Link]

EEPROM Module

C040-500x500-500x500

EEPROM Add-On Board offers an easy way to interface a standard 24Cxx type I2C EEPROM to your project.

Specifications

  • 5 VDC supply sourced through the interfacing Box Header connector
  • Jumper selectable address option available
  • Four mounting holes 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 36 mm x 32 mm

EEPROM Module – [Link]

Nonvolatile memory resists gamma radiation

Maxim DS28E80

Using only one contact to simplify implementations in small, disposable medical sensors, the DS28E80 1-Wire EEPROM from Maxim Integrated Products resists gamma radiation of up to 73 kGy (kiloGray), allowing OEMs to calibrate a consumable medical sensor and to monitor or control unsanitary reuse of medical disposables. Gamma radiation sterilization is typically used on single-use disposable medical sensors and consumables, but the method is incompatible with conventional floating-gate memory technologies, as gamma’s high-ionizing radiation erases the memory.

Nonvolatile memory resists gamma radiation – [Link]

NRAM is the future

20150611094955_NanteroRam-web

by elektormagazine.com:

Nantero have announced that their innovative memory technology based on carbon nanotubes has been licensed and is in production in many fabrication facilities around the world. NRAM memory offers a significant speed advantage, (said to be hundreds of times faster than conventional NAND memory) and can be easily scaled to provide terabits of storage capacity which consume very little power.

Key Features of NRAM technology:

CMOS Compatible: Works in standard CMOS fabs with no new equipment needed

Limitless Scalability: Designed to scale below 5nm in the future

High-Endurance: Proven to operate for orders of magnitude more cycles than flash

Faster Read and Write: Same as DRAM, 100s of times faster than NAND

High Reliability: will retain memory for >1,000 years at 85 degrees Celsius or more than 10 years at 300 degrees Celsius

Low Power: Essentially zero in standby mode, 160x lower write energy per bit than NAND

Low Cost: Simple structure, can be 3D multi-layer and multi-level cell (MLC)

NRAM is the future – [Link]

FlashProg – USB serial flash memory programmer

flashprog-prototype-small1-600x398

Dilshan Jayakody published a new project, the FlashProg – a USB serial flash memory programmer:

FlashProg is USB base flash memory programmer to work with 3.3V serial flash memory devices. This programmer is specifically design to read, program and configure 25x series, serial flash memory devices which are commonly used to store BIOS in PC mainboards.
Originally we design this project to read and program BIOS of Foxconn G31MXP mainboard. Our version of G31MXP contains Macronix MX25L8005 8M-Bit serial flash memory and we use this programmer to load some of our custom BIOS to this serial memory.

FlashProg – USB serial flash memory programmer – [Link]

Cypress Introduces the Industry’s First 4Mb Serial F-RAM

FRAM_2

New F-RAM™ Expands the Density Range of the Most Energy-Efficient Nonvolatile RAMs for Mission-Critical Data Storage.

Cypress Semiconductor introduced a family of 4 Mb serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (F-RAMs™), which are the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs. The 4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), a 2.0 V to 3.6 V operating voltage range and are available in industry-standard, RoHS-compliant package options. All Cypress F-RAMs provide 100-trillion read/write cycle endurance with 10-year data retention at 85 °C and 151 years at 65 °C.

Cypress F-RAMs are ideal solutions for applications requiring continuous and frequent high-speed reading and writing of data with absolute data security. The 4 Mb serial F-RAM family addresses mission-critical applications such as industrial controls and automation, industrial metering, multifunction printers, test and measurement equipment and medical wearables.

Cypress Introduces the Industry’s First 4Mb Serial F-RAM – [Link]