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Menta and LIRMM manufacture the World's first MRAM-based FPGA

June 09, 2010 // Julien Happich

Menta SAS and LIRMM, an embedded programmable logic provider of embedded-FPGA Intellectual Property (IP) and a joint CNRS and University of Montpellier 2 research laboratory, have just taped out what the companies claim to be the world's first MRAM-based FPGA.

The MRAM-based FPGA leverages key innovations including non-volatile magnetic memory and patent-protected circuitry enabling compact integration of MRAM and embedded-FPGA solutions.

Based on Menta's eFPGA Core programmable logic architecture and on CEA-LETI and CROCUS magnetic technology, this first member of a family of MRAM-based FPGAs,is manufactured in CMOS 130 nm with magnetic junction in 120 nm and provides capacity of 1,444 LUT4, equivalent to approximatively 20K logic gates.

Developed in joint collaboration with Microelectronic department of LIRMM (Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics of Montpellier) in the frame of SPIN, the large scale initiative for Spintronics devices supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR), this tapeout validates the possibility to stack MRAM technology over traditional CMOS logic and introduces to the market a new type of robust non-volatile FPGA.

Market potential of MRAM-based FPGA is being validated for defense, aerospace, automotive and consumer applications. Menta expects sample of MRAM-based FPGA in Q3 2010. MRAM-based FPGA will be supported with Menta eFPGA Programmer tool suite.

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