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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) Solutions
The 5 MRAM startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 MRAM startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 158 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
LoMaRe develops PiezoMagnetic RAM (PMRAM)
Magnetoresistive RAM is a new promising technology for computer memory. MRAM has the potential of becoming a universal memory solution due to a few reasons. In particular, it offers high speed and almost infinite reliability, low latencies like static RAM (SRAM), as well as high density and power efficiency. Like traditional flash memory, it is non-volatile. Furthermore, it is capable of resisting extreme temperatures and radiation.
British startup LoMaRe develops a patent-pending piezomagnetic RAM technology. It offers a lot of advantages compared to the current state-of-the-art MRAM, including lower power consumption by a factor of at least 25.000 compared to flash memory, higher endurance, and allows operation at high temperatures. The startup’s solution finds applications in automotive, the Internet of Things (IoT), and computing.
Numem provides Low-Power MRAM
Traditional electronics are vulnerable to radiation and temperature drops. Furthermore, when there is a power loss, sophisticated electronics take some additional time to load, which is not acceptable for some use cases. MRAM is non-volatile memory, which saves information even if there is no power. It allows to quickly restore working conditions, as data is not reloaded into dynamic RAM (DRAM) or SRAM. Thanks to the high resistance to environmental conditions, MRAM is a type of electronic memory to use in aerospace and defense industries.
Numem is a US-based startup providing low-power MRAM solutions. The startup’s NuRAM & SmartMem Smart Compute Memory IP Cores solution provides 20 times lower leakage current in comparison to conventional SRAM with 2-3 times smaller area. The startup’s solutions provide an additional level of security on the microchip level. Thanks to its resistance to high radiation, NuRAM featured in NASA’s DNN Radiation Hardened Co-processor chip.
Antaios offers Spin-Orbit Torque MRAM (SOT-MRAM)
Startups and researchers are looking for ways to improve the density and speed of MRAM. MRAM is now quite expensive, mainly due to a lack of mass production. Expanding manufacturing of MRAM will lead to a wider usage not only in products aimed at enterprises but in the consumer market. Compared to the more widely spread Spin-transfer torque MRAM (STT-MRAM) technology, SOT-MRAM does not require high current flowing through magnetic devices for a write operation but uses adjacent metal lines.
Antaios is a startup from France developing a SOT-MRAM technology. It reduces energy consumption, improves endurance, and allows sub-nanosecond writing. The solution is easy to process, enabling low-cost on-chip integration. Due to its high reliability, SOT-MRAM is used as DRAM or SRAM memory.
Blueshift provides Memory Modules
The main restriction on traditional computing architecture is a memory bottleneck known as the von Neumann bottleneck. New faster types of memory, including MRAM, overcome it. MRAM takes lesser area and has lower power consumption than cache memory of processors, usually represented by SRAM. Also, it is much faster than conventional dynamic RAM.
Blueshift is a British startup researching new memory modules to reduce the performance gap between CPUs and RAM. The startup’s technology is architectural and independent from the applied memory cell technology and provides considerably greater memory speeds. It also has the capabilities to speed up SRAM, DRAM, MRAM, photonic or non-volatile data cells.
Hprobe offers Wafer-level MRAM Tests
The development of magnetic semiconductor devices usually involves multiple tests. Similar to any semiconductor device, the development of magnetic semiconductor devices takes a lot of time. Startups offer new efficient tools that shorten the development timelines and reduce time-to-market, which is crucial for semiconductor companies.
French startup Hprobe offers a patented technology using multidimensional magnetic field generators for wafer-level characterization and testing. The startup’s wafer-level tester characterizes, controls, and monitors magnetic films to speed up the development and production of magnetic devices. Hprobe’s product line includes dedicated tools for the characterization and testing of MRAM and magnetic sensors. The solution decreases total costs of development and production, helping semiconductor manufacturers test integrated magnetic circuits faster.
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