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Tower adopts memory from Crocus for 130nm CMOS

Posted: 18 Oct 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MRAM  CMOS  manufacturing 

Tower Semiconductor Ltd reports that it has integrated a thermally assisted switching (TAS) magnetic random access memory (MRAM) from fabless memory company Crocus Technology SA into its 130nm CMOS manufacturing process. The foundry trades as TowerJazz.

The companies collaborated to develop a low temperature back-end process technology that enables TAS MRAM arrays to be manufactured in Tower's 130nm copper back-end process flow, Tower said.

The technology adds four masks to conventional CMOS manufacturing flows and is suitable for both stand-alone and embedded memory applications, the company said. The integration sets the stage for chips with embedded non-volatile MRAM for use in microcontroller, automotive and communications applications.

"We are highly confident that Crocus' TAS MRAM will reach mass production in a very short period of time," said Zmira Lavie, VP of process engineering R&D at Tower, in a statement.

"The close cooperation between the engineering teams was fundamental to achieve working MRAM devices within a short period. The combined teams of Crocus and TowerJazz are moving rapidly to release a manufacturable and high-yielding MRAM technology that will serve both embedded and stand-alone MRAM applications," said Bertrand Cambou, executive chairman, Crocus Technology, in the same statement.

Crocus plans to sample in the "very near future" and start mass production in 2H 11.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times





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