LONDON T-RAM Semiconductor Inc., a nine-year old company, has announced that it has entered into a joint development agreement aimed at applying T-RAM's thyristor-RAM embedded memory to 32- and 22-nm manufacturing process nodes from GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
The details of the agreement were not disclosed, but in essence it appears to be a development agreement that will result in GlobalFoundries being licensed and able to offer the thyristor-RAM, and which could then be used by the foundry's customers, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
T-RAM (Milpitas, Calif.) develops and licenses memory intellectual property based on thyristor-RAM for embedded memory applications including high-performance or mobile computing/graphics processors, GlobalFoundries is a joint venture between AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi.
"T-RAM's embedded memory technology shows a great deal of potential for use in low-power, high-performance dense cache applications for advanced technology nodes," said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of technology and R&D at GlobalFoundries, in a statement.
"T-RAM has successfully completed extensive development of the thyristor-RAM technology and has delivered a fully manufacturable and robust memory solution with proven yield, reliability, and low-cost of integration in earlier technology nodes," said Sam Nakib, president and CEO of T-RAM, in the same statement. "T-RAM's revolutionary thyristor-RAM memory technology provides the highest combination of density and performance among all embedded memory technology candidates, and avoids the fundamental scalability challenges that face 6T-SRAM and other FET-based memory cells," he added.
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