UltraRAM startup gets £300,000 grant

UltraRAM startup gets £300,000 grant

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By Peter Clarke

Startup Quinas Technology Ltd. (Lancaster, England) has been awarded £300,000 by state funding body Innovate UK to begin commercialization of its UltraRAM compound semiconductor memory.

UltraRAM is based on quantum tunneling of electrons, within a layered compound semiconductor structure that can be manufactured on silicon wafers (see UK team moves UltraRAM to silicon substrate). The technology was invented by Professor Manus Hayne from the Physics Department at Lancaster University.

The company claims the memory has 1,000-year non-volatile retention with an endurance of 10 million cycles while being able to be written to and read quickly at speeds similar to DRAM. Hence being dubbed a universal memory.

“This is a significant first step for a newly formed company and has fired the starting gun in the race to commercialise UltraRAM, but it will be a marathon, not a sprint. We look forward to tackling the challenges that lie ahead,” said Professor Hayne, Chief Scientific Officer at Quinas, in a statement.

In the same statement Peter Hodgson, CTO at Quinas, said: “The funding will allow us to demonstrate the performance of the memory devices at near-state-of-the-art feature sizes and help secure the significant investment required to bring a new technology to market.”

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