SureCore adds low power ReRAM to its memory compiler  

SureCore adds low power ReRAM to its memory compiler  

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By Nick Flaherty

Low power memory pioneer SureCore is working with Intrinsic Semiconductor Technologies on low power Resistive Random-access Memory (ReRAM) technology.

Intrinsic’s ReRAM will address the challenges faced by system on chip designers with embedded non-volatile storage solution for 22nm and smaller nodes. It provides density similar to embedded flash memory coupled with SRAM access times for automotive, medical, wearables, AI, edge-AI and AIoT.

The two companies have been working on adding the technology SureCore’s SureFit memory compiler since 2021 to help designers add the technology to chip designs. The automotive market is watching particularly closely as the drive towards increased autonomy demands higher processing power and much more embedded memory.

Intrinsic is a spinout of University College London (UCL) established in 2017 to commercialise the memristive ReRAM devices developed by Prof Tony Kenyon and Dr Adnan Mehonic at UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, using their patented IP.

Embedded flash has become increasingly challenging to scale beyond 28nm and this is opening the gate to new memory technologies to fill the gap.

ReRAM reduces both power consumption and removes potential data bandwidth bottlenecks and latency caused by using off-chip flash memory. Its technology can read data 10x to 100x faster and write it 1000x faster than existing solutions and is fabricated using standard processing techniques at the back-end-of-line, making it less complex and less expensive than other ReRAM solutions.

This, coupled with its flash-like density and its high temperature resilience, make it especially attractive for automotive designs.

“Intrinsic has invented a breakthrough memory technology that will enable developers to exploit the density and performance of more advanced nodes and integrate its scalable non-volatile memory solution. We have years of expertise in optimising on-chip memory with our SureFIT Custom SRAM Design Service that has delivered bespoke optimised memory solutions tailored to meet applications needs. This has included both single instances as well as complete compilers,” said Paul Wells, CEO of sureCore.

“It has been a small step to extend this service to encompass Intrinsic’s ReRAM technology and exploit our design environment to deliver the associated verification and characterisation environments underpinning the value of a compiler. The use of a memory compiler is essential to maximise the commercial potential of a new memory such as ReRAM. We are delighted to be working with a fellow UK memory company to help bring their novel memory technology to market. Our unique blend of memory design expertise coupled with our proprietary tool suite enable a fast track to a successful product.”

“Underpinning the sureCore sureFIT service is a suite of powerful tools that will enable us to save many years of development effort had we had to create similar solutions from scratch,” said Mark Dickinson, CEO of Intrinsic.

“In addition, sureCore’s tools and techniques have been silicon. “proven and have been optimised over many years to deliver memories with the lowest possible power consumption and highest density. We are delighted to be able to bring these benefits to bear in the development of our ReRAM products. Both microcontrollers and evolving AI architectures using Intrinsic ReRAM will deliver higher performance at lower power envelopes than those realised using off-chip flash.”;


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