Potential Applications Based on NVM Emerging Technologies

Sophiane Senni 1 Lionel Torres 1 Gilles Sassatelli 1 Abdoulaye Gamatié 1 Bruno Mussard 2
1 SysMIC - Conception et Test de Systèmes MICroélectroniques
LIRMM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier
Abstract : Energy efficiency is a critical figure of merit for battery-powered applications. Today's embedded systems suffer from significant increase of power consumption essentially due to a high leakage current in advanced technology node. A significant portion of the total power consumption is spent into memory systems because of an increasing trend of embedded volatile memory area among the building components in System-on-Chips (SoCs). That is why new Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technologies are considered as a potential solution to solve the energy efficiency issue. Among these NVM technologies, Magnetic RAM (MRAM) is a promising candidate to replace current memories since it combines non-volatility, high scalability, high density, low latency and low leakage. This paper explores use of MRAM into a memory hierarchy (from cache memory to register) of a processor-based system analyzing both performance and energy consumption.
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Sophiane Senni, Lionel Torres, Gilles Sassatelli, Abdoulaye Gamatié, Bruno Mussard. Potential Applications Based on NVM Emerging Technologies. DATE: Design, Automation and Test in Europe, Mar 2015, Grenoble, France. pp.1012-1017, ⟨10.7873/DATE.2015.1120⟩. ⟨lirmm-01253332⟩

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