By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- A new study on Nanocrystals is now available. According to news originating from Austin, Texas, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Growth in the demand for flash non-volatile memory (NVM) has been driven by mass storage applications, as well as mobile and consumer electronics. Embedded flash is utilized in microcontrollers where system speed, security, and customization are important."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Freescale Semiconductor, "The challenges of embedded flash memories, usable across a range of products from consumer to automotive, include the ability to store and update data over a wide range of temperature and voltage corners. Nanocrystal memory is of great interest because of its improved reliability due to the localized nature of the charge storage, as well as its process simplicity and ease of integration into the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) platform. Additionally, scaling of the dielectric thickness allows for reduced operating voltages and module size. Nanocrystal deposition techniques have been developed to produce uniform, controllable films, and device performance is well-behaved. The first commercially available microcontroller family built with silicon nanocrystals as the storage medium is now in production, built on a 90nm platform and using a split-gate architecture. In this work, device and materials issues related to silicon nanocrystal memory are reviewed, and memory array performance discussed."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Finally, scalability of nanocrystal memories is considered, where excellent performance and reliability can be achieved down to the 40nm technology node and further."
For more information on this research see: Implementation of Si nanocrystals in non-volatile memory devices. Physica Status Solidi A-Applications and Materials Science, 2013;210(8):1505-1511. Physica Status Solidi A-Applications and Materials Science can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.A. Yater, Freescale Semicond, Austin, TX 78735, United States.
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