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NaMLab and Forward Insights release report on the future of NAND Flash Memories

Dresden, January 17th, 2011. NaMLab GmbH and Forward Insights have published a report on the future of semiconductor-based memories for data storage. Today, advanced NAND flash memories are currently being manufactured with feature sizes between 27 nanometer and 24 nanometer. In the race to reduce costs, NAND flash manufacturers are developing technology nodes in the low 2x nanometer range. However, in the near future, floating gate NAND flash will encounter fundamental scaling limitations.

When floating gate NAND scaling comes to an end, What’s after NAND?

NAND flash suppliers are actively exploring a variety of alternatives including spin-torque-transfer MRAM, phase change memory, conductive bridge memory or metal oxide-based valence change memory. However as lithographic scaling becomes more challenging, companies are turning their sights to vertically stacked implementations of memory cells or 3D memory. 3D memory technologies offer the promise of continued increases in storage capacities and lower cost per bit necessary to enable emerging applications such as solid state drives.

Among the candidates are stacked NAND technologies employing charge trapping technology, vertical memory cells etched in a pillar and stackable cross-point memory arrays. What’s after NAND? provides an in-depth, independent analysis of the feasibility of each of these alternatives as a candidate to replace floating gate NAND flash memories within this decade.

“We are very excited to explore new ways of applying our expertise from research to relevant industrial topics together with Forward Insights” says the Scientific Director of NaMLab GmbH, Prof. Thomas Mikolajick.

“By combining the technical and scientific background of NaMLab GmbH with the market and technical intelligence capabilities of Forward Insights, we are able to provide our customers in-depth, independent analyses that can help them define the right strategic priorities for the future”, adds Gregory Wong, President of Forward Insights.

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About NaMLab

The Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory gGmbH (NaMLab) was founded in July 2006. It is now a non-profit daughter company of the TU Dresden. Labeled as an „An“-Institute of the TU Dresden the company runs on the Campus of the TU Dresden an research laboratory with four labs, a clean room and office area for more than 27 scientists and employees. Material research and development combined with the implementation in nanoelectronic devices are the goal of NaMLabs activities. In addition scientists of NaMLab are engaged in the education of the TU Dresden.

For Release: January 17, 2011

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About Forward Insights

Forward Insights provides independent, in-depth market and technical intelligence services focusing on semiconductor memories, emerging memory technologies and solid state storage.

For Release: January 17, 2011