TORONTO, Ontario -- Micromem Technologies Inc. here said that it expects to complete fabrication of a 1,000-bit array of its Magram memory technology by early February. Magram, a digital memory that combines both non-volatile characteristics with random-access memory capability, is seen as a potential breakthrough technology, and has already been successfully demonstrated (see Oct. 4, 1999 story).
A series of arrays is currently under development by Magram inventor Richard Lienau and his team at the Center for High Technology Materials in Albuquerque, N.M. Evaluation units for parametric and functional testing will be integrated, from groups of single bits all the way up to massive arrays of bits in one "package," according to the company. At least one array will consist of 1,000 bits or more.
"This is a very significant move forward in the development, in that compared to the first stage 'samples' demonstrated last year, which were only 8 bits wide, these EVUs can be built using much smaller design rules, thus allowing much denser arrays," Lienau said. "The principle reason for building large dense arrays is to demonstrate that Magram devices can function withindividual memory cells, or bits, densely packed in an array which would function similar to those in commercial memory products."
The Center for High Technology Materials is a world-class facility with the specialized equipment required to enable the advanced engineering that will lead to cell size reduction and integration. Lienau said. Increasing density, speed and array size will allow further reduction of power consumption and cost, he added.
Micromem holds the rights to Magram technology through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pageant Technologies (U.S.A.) Inc., based on patents licensed from Yale University.