Crocus MLU architecture is ideal for a wide range of memory and logic applications requiring high reliability, high endurance, high read/write speed, or cost effective non-volatile memory. Crocus' MLU technology is ideal for use in standalone devices as well as in embedded chip applications.
Crocus Thermal Assisted Switching (TAS)-based MLU is an excellent replacement for embedded Flash, SRAM, CAM/TCAM, and other NVM technologies in a number of cost sensitive, power sensitive, performance-oriented and rugged chip designs such as:
Secure Microcontrollers and Smart Cards
Crocus' MLU-based Match-In-Place architecture implements secure memory that resists the attacks of potential hackers by eliminating many of the vulnerabilities impacting Flash and other popular memory types. As a result, Match-in-Place provides improved security, lower cost, lower power and faster response time and is well suited for secure applications including secure microcontrollers, smartcards, SIM cards, banking cards, biometric authentication, and NFC (near field communication) devices.
Network Processing and Search
Crocus' MLU offers logic and high density memory capabilities that are useful in hardware-based search functions typically found in network routing and high performance computing applications. Due to MLU's innovative and dense architecture, hardware search can be implemented at a small fraction of the cost as compared to traditional CAM (content addressable memory) and TCAM architectures. In addition, this search capability can be combined with MLU secure memory features to implement secure authentication functions critical to electronic commerce and identification systems.
Automotive and High Temperature Electronics
Crocus' MLU architecture offers a simple and highly reliable approach for building NVM capable of operating at 200°C or higher, in comparison to Flash and other technologies that are effectively limited to 150°C or lower. Crocus MLU is ideally suited for automotive "under the hood" applications, enabling designers to distribute control functions closer to the engine, gear-box, drive-train electric conversion systems, exhaust systems and other high temperature environments.
Mixed Signal Electronics
Crocus' MLU architecture is an ideal embedded non-volatile memory for mixed signal, RF and other sensitive integrated circuit types. MLU is unique among magnetic technologies in term of seamless integration with conventional CMOS manufacturing process flows. MLU can be added to existing CMOS technologies without having to re-engineer basic transistor devices while conserving the value/integrity of previously qualified semiconductor IP.
A growing number of market segments are ideal for Crocus MLU-based devices, such as those currently served by battery-backed SRAM, nvSRAM, FeRAM and Flash memories. These market segments include:
The unlimited endurance, non-volatility, and fast read/write performance of Crocus MLU-based memory are extremely valuable for many storage systems requiring fast and highly repetitive critical data caching. RAID disk arrays, for example, implement a write journal function that takes real-time snapshots of transaction information so that the most recent information can be retrieved in the event of power loss.
Many single-board computing, industrial computing, medical devices, and other applications require system critical data to be captured into non-volatile memory very quickly and very often. Smart meters, for example, are being deployed worldwide and have stringent requirements for non-volatile memory that has high speed, high write-endurance and low cost. Crocus' MLU-based memory is a more reliable and cost-effective solution than other approaches to this type of critical data storage that require batteries, capacitors, or other means.
The extended operating range and fast read/write performance of Crocus' MLU-based memory provides a more reliable and cost-effective solution than the battery-backed SRAMs and nvSRAMs currently used in the rugged environments of many industrial control applications that require fast data capture during operation and data retention during power outages and system faults.
Aerospace & Aviation
The environmental challenges of aerospace and aviation applications demand functional operation and reliability capabilities which are largely unavailable with most conventional memory technologies. Crocus' MLU-based memory is an excellent solutions for the ruggedness requirements of aerospace and aviation.