Crocus Nano Electronics Has Released New Generation Non-Volatile Memory

12 August 2020

Crocus Nano Electronics, a portfolio company of RUSNANO, announced the release of non-volatile resistive memory chips based on the 55 nm ULP (Ultra Low Power) process. The stated characteristics were confirmed by test results. Further work will be carried out in cooperation with the Russian and foreign partners of the company.

The main goal is to integrate Russian memory chips into innovative products of the most promising areas of microelectronics—the Internet of things, artificial intelligence systems, industrial automation, portable and medical equipment.

Resistive memory (ReRAM) is one of the varieties of non-volatile memory (which allows us to store data when there is no power supply). Crocus Nano Electronics is the only company in Russia capable of mass-producing new generation non-volatile memory.

The first samples have a chip density of 1 Mbit and can be scaled up to 128 Mbit in the short term. The released chips demonstrate power consumption during the read and write operations at the level of the world’s leading technologies of non-volatile memory.

The first product with a new embedded memory chip that is planned for release is the radio frequency identification chip (UHF RFID technology), which is used, in many applications, for example in marking goods for warehouse accounting and inventory control. According to Alexey Khvalkovskiy, Director of product development at Crocus Nano Electronics, “the high density and extremely low power consumption of this technology allowed us to create the design of one of the most miniaturized chips in its class. It uses only the energy received from the antenna for power supply and can receive data from a standard reader at a distance of more than 5 meters. It is planned that the first RFID chips produced by Crocus Nanoelectronics will be available for consumer use next year.”

The high energy efficiency of memory produced at the Crocus Nano Electronics plant is a key factor for applications such as the Internet of things and artificial intelligence systems. So, this technology allows us to create artificial intelligence systems, the energy efficiency of which many times exceed standard solutions. This will make it possible to release the autonomous artificial intelligence applications working from the battery. According to the forecasts of international experts, in 2024, the microelectronics market for artificial intelligence will exceed $100 mln and will increase by more than 60 times by 2029. The main drivers of growth in this market are self-driving cars, industrial electronics systems, and mobile devices.

One of the additional advantages of ReRAM technology is its ability to be used in harsh environments and high temperatures. This creates additional prospects for applications in highly reliable electronics, including medical equipment, civil aviation, oil production (drilling), and many others. 

The development and production of Crocus Nano Electronics ReRAM memory chips were manufactured on 55 ULP CMOS by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC).


RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 115 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.

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Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE) is a first in Russia BEOL (back-end-of-line) 300 mm semiconductor fabrication facility with technology node down to 55 nm, operating with state-of-the-art semiconductor equipment, supplied by major industry world leaders, advanced technologies and unique ability to work with magnetic, dielectric and ion-conducting materials. The company carries out the final stages of semiconductor manufacturing for non-volatile resistive memory, radio frequency identification (RFID), magnetic-based devices, integral passive devices, interposers, as well as various processes for biosensors devices and integrations.

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