NTU And GlobalFoundries To Jointly Explore Next-Gen Memory Technology

The S$120 million partnership will see the development and deployment of a technology known as ReRAM, which boasts faster read and write speeds with lower power consumption than conventional RAMs.

AsianScientist (Nov. 28, 2019) – Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore and semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Singapore (GF Singapore) have formed a joint partnership to explore the next-generation of embedded memory for smart systems.

All electronics in today’s automotive systems and portable devices require the use of non-volatile memory known as random-access memory (RAM), which enables the long-term storage of data without a supply of power. The joint partnership between NTU, NRF and GF Singapore will drive the advancement of a new resistive random access memory, also known as ReRAM.

Conventional RAM works by controlling electron charges—particles of electricity—corresponding to 1 and 0 in digital form. Instead of storing the charges directly, ReRAM works by using the charges to change the resistance of the dielectric or insulating material via the application of an electric current. The state of resistance can then be read as 1 or 0 as a result.

Among the key benefits of ReRAM as compared to conventional RAMs are faster read-write speeds with lower power consumption, crucial for ultra-low power Internet of Things applications. ReRAM also has the potential for a higher memory density, allowing more data to be stored in a smaller physical space, higher performance in reading and writing of data, better energy efficiency for sustainability, and lower production costs.

The S$120 million partnership, supported by the parties’ in-cash and in-kind contributions, will seek to demonstrate the new technology on 12-inch wafers.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said the interdisciplinary research areas of the new partnership between NTU and GF Singapore will leverage the university’s globally recognized strengths.

“The partnership between NTU and GF Singapore aims to explore next-generation non-volatile memory devices, designed and made in Singapore. This work will contribute to innovation in microelectronics, a key pillar supporting Singapore’s economy,” said Suresh. “As part of the partnership, NTU will also train and produce a strong pipeline of talent, grooming future tech leaders skilled in future-ready advanced manufacturing to help drive Singapore’s Industry 4.0 transformation.”


Source: Nanyang Technological University. Photo: Nanyang Technological University.
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