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7/16/2013 08:45 AM EDT
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Peter Clarke
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Quite a lot of money
Peter Clarke   7/16/2013 12:28:09 PM
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Crocus has been around for a long time but still managed to intice quite a lot of money out of this set of backers.

Is the tide turning for semiconductor investment or is this a one off?

 

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Re: Quite a lot of money
mcgrathdylan   7/16/2013 1:34:56 PM
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Indeed. Seems like there have been a few of these recently, but I think this is the largest figure I've seen in a while. Crocus obviously tells a good story. Seems like they've been up and coming for a long time.

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Re: Quite a lot of money
Peter Clarke   7/16/2013 1:36:14 PM
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But one could also argue they have been up and coming for too long.

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mcgrathdylan   7/16/2013 2:06:49 PM
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Agreed. Coming up on 10 years and still haven't hit the big time. But obviously the people with money still believe in the potential of Crocus.

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Re: Quite a lot of money
Sanjib.A   7/17/2013 12:17:03 AM
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Not sure how the funding decision is done in this case. MRAM technology is around already for last couple of years or more (e.g. Everspin). But I think this technology will have take longer strides. The max memory size available is 16Mbits and that too it cost more than 10-20 times of the cost of its volatile counter-parts. Does not really make sense. Reading through the article I saw that the memory could have operating temperature of 200 degC? Is that the junction temeperature?

Microcontrollers with MLU is going to pass all EMC tests required for CE marking? 

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Re: Quite a lot of money
Ron Neale   7/17/2013 7:39:25 AM
The funding decision is most likely based in part on the fact that the competition, FeRAM, PCM and ReRAM have still not put clear blue water between them and MRAM and its potential. The time a technology has been around is material but not key. PCM has been around 50 years, FeRAM longer than that, I worked on a FeRAM memory (single crystal Barium Titanate and TGS) more years ago than I really care to remember. In all of these developments hope springs eternal. The measure of sucess is products that are competitive in price, performance and relaibility. But above all design-in wins, that will drive the cost and price down.

The 200C claim for magnetic Curie temperature is impressive and merits further investigation.

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Re: Quite a lot of money
elctrnx_lyf   7/17/2013 8:50:22 AM
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looks like lot of memory technologies are in pipeline. And these products will create avenues for many more great elelectronic products in future.

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When, O when...
Max The Magnificent   7/17/2013 9:40:49 AM
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When O when will someone develop a memory technology that is non-volatile (with almost infinite read/write cycles), that boasts extremely low power consumption, with the speed of SRAM (or greater) and the density od DRAM (or greater)?

I'm sure it will happen ... I just don't knwo when...

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Re: Quite a lot of money
resistion   7/17/2013 10:22:32 AM
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It's thermally assisted, don't know if that's a boon or handicap. It would seem to require Joule heating power like PCM.

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resistion   7/17/2013 10:24:04 AM
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It might be impossible, heading toward zero charges or zero energy operation.

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