Memory and Storage

GlobalFoundries acquires Renesas’ CBRAM memory

10 February 2023

GlobalFoundries has acquired Renesas Electronics Corp.’s conductive bridging random access memory (CBRAM) technology in a move that will expand its 5G and internet of things (IoT) offerings in its foundries.

The memory will add to GF’s memory portfolio and extends its embedded non-volatile memory solutions for the integration into system-on-chip designs in process technology nodes. GF said it will also enable a new generation of secure and intelligent devices.

What is CBRAM?

CBRAM is a low power, non-volatile resistive memory designed specifically for home and industrial IoT and smart mobile devices.

The memory features a low power consumption, high read/write speeds, reduced manufacturing costs and tolerance for harsh environments. This type of memory could be used for consumer, medical and select industrial applications.

Previously, GF entered into a licensing agreement with Dialog Semiconductor, which was acquired by Renesas in 2021, to offer the CBRAM technology as embedded non-volatile memory options for the pure play foundry.

The memory is being qualified on the company’s 22FDX platform and GF plans to extend it to other platforms in the future.

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