NEC Develops MRAM (Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory) Cell Technology Suitable for Embedding in Next Generation System LSIs.
Features of the newly developed elements:
1. 200MHz random access write operation: Elimination of the upper limit of the writing current by a 2T1MTJ cell enables high speed write operation. In conventional MRAM memory cells, writing current must be within upper and lower limits (note 1). This complicates the write current source circuit and it thus cannot operate at over 100MHz.
2. 500MHz random access read operation: Intra-cell-signal amplification in a 5T2MTJ cell enables high speed read operation. Cell current signal is amplified and transformed into voltage signal in each cell. In conventional MRAM memory cells, a small reading current difference signal through the bit line with large parasitic capacitance makes sense amplifier circuits complicated. These kinds of circuits cannot operate at over 200MHz.
3. Reduction of writing current down to 1/3: A write-line-inserted MTJ structure reduces writing current to 1/3 as compared with conventional MTJ structure writing currents. This small current reduces MRAM cell size.
Recently, the area ratio of memory macros embedded in system LSIs has increased. Such memory macros can be classified into two types; high speed RAM (Random Access Memory) used temporarily during data processing and NVM (Non Volatile Memory) used for data retention during power-off and/or stand-by state. To overcome this issue, MRAM technology, which is expected to possess "unified memory" (boasting the merits of both types of memory), has been developed. However, it is difficult for conventional MRAM technology to enable over 100MHz of random-access-operation frequency, although speed of this level is necessary for next generation system LSIs.
To realize "unified memory," NEC has been developing MRAM technology to accelerate both read and write operation speeds, and has succeeded in developing MRAM cell technology suitable for a high speed memory macro embedded in next generation system LSIs.
NEC's research is partially supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization's (NEDO) MRAM technology development project for realization of high-speed and non-volatile memory macro embedded in system LSIs.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701; NASDAQ: NIPNY) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately 4,825 billion yen (approx. $41.2 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2006.
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