Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Endura Impulse - Applied Materials’ New Memory Machines

Tools designed to rapidly build embedded MRAM, RRAM, and phase change memories on logic chips expand foundry options

Applied Materials unveiled Endura Impulse System incorporating nine physical vapor deposition reactors to rapidly build STT-MRAM, RRAM or PCRAM, on 9 July at Semicon West, in San Francisco.
Chip equipment giant Applied Materials wants foundry companies to know that it feels their pain. Continuing down the traditional Moore's Law path of increasing the density of transistors on a chip is too expensive for all but the three richest players—Intel, Samsung, and TSMC. So to keep the customers coming, other foundries can instead add new features, such as the ability to embed new non-volatile memories—RRAM, phase change memory, and MRAM—right on the processor. 
The trouble is, those are really hard things to make at scale. So, Applied has invented a pair of machines that boost throughput by more than an order of magnitude.



Applied Materials' Endura Impulse uses nine physical vapor deposition systems to rapidly build RRAM or PCRAM. Photo: Applied Materials 
Source: Applied Materials LINK
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By Abhishekkumkar Thakur 

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