The Magnetic Random Access Memories (MRAM) group develops advanced concepts in this emerging technology. The goal is to realize cells with improved thermal stability, lower power consumption and/or faster switching. Our research covers material stack deposition, nano-fabrication and electrical test evaluation, for applications as standalone memory and non-volatile logic.
Perpendicular Anisotropy Materials
High energy barriers for spin transfer torque (STT) MRAM cells can be achieved with perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions. Solutions for high density MRAM cells to diameters below 20nm require continuous improvements in perpendicular surface anisotropy, while maintaining high TMR properties.
Perpendicular STT MRAM
Evaluation of MRAM concepts requires simulation of expected reversal mechanisms and electrical characterization of individual cells. We aim at understanding dynamics of magnetization reversal and the expected impact of stack modifications to explore application specific optimizations.
CMOS Integration for Non-Volatile Logic
The challenge to validate hybrid CMOS designs to create non-volatile logic circuits requires the backend integration of MRAM cells with custom CMOS circuits. Our goal is to provide an integration platform for proof-of-concept prototype runs.
Thermally Assisted Switching
Perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions provide a solution to for high density MRAM cells where the cell diameter can be scaled to 20nm and possibly below. Thermal assisted STT writing in perpendicular cells allows large values of thermal stability, while maintaining a low critical current via the thermal re-orientation of perpendicular anisotropy storage layers.
- Nikita STRELKOV (2016-2019)
- Andrey TIMOPHEEV (2014-2017)
- Van Dai NGUYEN (2016-2018)
- Hieu Tan NGUYEN (2013-2016)
- Jyotirmoy CHATTERGEE (2014-2017)
- Luc TILLIE (2015-2018)
- Nicolas PERRISSIN (2015-2018)
- Jude GUELFFUCCI (2015-2017)
- Nathalie LAMARD (2016-2017)
- Guillaume LAVAITTE (2015-2016)
- Samsung SGMI (2014-2017)
- ANR Excalyb (2014-2017)
- Heumem (2015-2018)
- EU-FET Spice (2016-2019)
- EU Great (2016-2019)
- ERC Magical (2015-2020)
- CEA LETI, Grenoble, France
- Institut NEEL, Grenoble, France
- Crocus Technology, Grenoble, France
- Samsung, San Jose, USA
- Singulus AG, Kahl am Main, Germany
- Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
- Impact of intergrain effective coupling due to huge thermal gradients in heat assisted magnetic recording (November 12th, 2018)
Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) is a new hard disk drive (HDD) recording technology which uses a temporary near field heating of the media during write to increase hard disk drive storage density. It has ...
- Bernard DIENY receives the IEEE Carrier Achievement Award (November 01st, 2018)
Bernard DIENY receives the 2018 IEEE Carrier Achievement Award for contributions to spintronics applications including spin-valves and MRAMs and for strengthening the relationship between magnetics and microelectronics communities. The Award will be handed out at ...
- Masters thesis projects for Spring 2019 (October 10th, 2018)
You find here the list of proposals for Master-2 internships to take place during Spring 2019. In most cases, these internships are intended to be suitable for a longer-term PhD work. Interested Master-1 students are ...
- PhD thesis defense: Ultimate scalability of STT MRAM: storage layer with perpendicular shape anisotropy (August 26th, 2018)
On Friday 31 Aug, Nicolas PERRISSIN defends his PhD at 14h00 in room M001 of Grenoble INP – Phelma – 3 Parvis Louis Néel – Grenoble. Keywords: STT MRAM, perpendicular shape anisotropy, Ultimate scalability Most of the ...
- Sub-10nm thermally stable Perpendicular Shape Anisotropy magnetic memory (August 24th, 2018)
A new concept of thermally stable and electrically switchable Spin Transfer Torque Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM) scalable to diameter down to 4nm was proposed and demonstrated. By dramatically increasing the thickness of the storage ...