NAND flash memory won’t scale forever. As gate sizes shrink, endurance drops, making the development of next-generation non-volatile memory (NVM) a matter of increasing importance. Indeed, analyst Yann De Charentenay at Yole Développement expects the NVM niche memory markets to reach $2 billion by 2018. Will NVM eventually replace DRAM and NAND? Attend the 2013 Memory Workshop at the Innovation Days event held by Leti, the technology transfer arm of the French research and technology institute, and find out. De Charentenay kicks off the one-day workshop, which features an array of speakers from industry and academia covering some interesting-looking topics, including:
“Embedded 1T Flash NOR: still alive at 40 nm. And beyond?” Christian Boccaccio, STMicroelectronics
“Downsize scalability of STTRAM to and beyond the 20nm node.,” Bernard Dieny, CEA-Spintec
“Phase Change Memories Take Their Role in the NVM Arena,” Paolo Cappelletti, Micron
“Design Exploration of Hybrid IC using CMOS and ReRAM technologies,” Olivier Thomas, CEA-Leti
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.