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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Intel, ST join forces on phase-change memory

Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV have announced that they will be working together to research and develop chalcogenide-based phase-change memory. These leading chip makers believe that this will be the next big thing after flash for non-volatile memory.

The companies have separate licensing agreements with Ovonyx Inc. "Ovonic Unified Memory attempts to exploit a reversible phase change between the amorphous and crystalline states that can be affected in chalcogenide alloys, typically an alloy of antimony telluride and germanium telluride."

Engineers at both of these companies want to develop a 90-nanometer manufacturing node. They will also be releasing a joint paper on the topic at the VLSI Technology Symposium this week. According to the paper, "The small cell area of 12F2, the good electrical results, and the intrinsic reliability demonstrate the viability of the PCM cell concept."

Learn more about the research and development of this new technology when you read the entire article (link above).

Posted by Joshua Feinberg