Chandler, AZ, United States
Chandler, AZ, United States

Everspin Technologies is a private semiconductor company that develops and manufactures magnetic RAM or Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory , including stand-alone and embedded MRAM products. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2017-03-29

A dual tunnel barrier magnetic element has a free magnetic layer positioned between first and second tunnel barriers and an electrode over the second tunnel barrier. A two step etch process allows for forming an encapsulation material on a side wall of the electrode and the second tunnel barrier subsequent to the first etch for preventing damage to the first tunnel barrier when performing the second etch to remove a portion of the free layer.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2017-03-22

Structures and methods are disclosed for shielding magnetically sensitive components. One structure includes a substrate, a bottom shield deposited on the substrate, a magnetoresistive semiconductor device having a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, the first surface of the magnetoresistive semiconductor device deposited on the bottom shield, a top shield deposited on the second surface of the magnetoresistive semiconductor device, the top shield having a window for accessing the magnetoresistive semiconductor device, and a plurality of interconnects that connect the magnetoresistive semiconductor device to a plurality of conductive elements.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-05-09

A boosted supply voltage generator is selectively activated and deactivated to allow operations that are sensitive to variations on the boosted voltage to be performed with a stable boosted voltage. Techniques for deactivating and reactivating the voltage generator are also disclosed that enable more rapid recovery from deactivation such that subsequent operations can be commenced sooner. Such techniques include storing state information corresponding to the voltage generator when deactivated, where the stored state information is used when reactivating the voltage generator. Stored state information can include a state of a clock signal provided to the voltage generator.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-05-09

In some examples, a nonvolatile storage element may be configured to store a state or value during a low power or powered down period of a circuit. For example, the nonvolatile storage element may include a bridge of resistive elements that have a resistive state that may be configured by applying voltages to multiple drive paths. A sense amplifier may be connected to the bridge in order to resolve a voltage differential associated with the bridge to ether power or ground and, thereby determine the state associated with on the nonvolatile storage element.


In a spin-torque magnetic random access memory (MRAM) that includes local source lines, auto-booting of the word line is used to conserve power consumption by reusing charge already present from driving a plurality of bit lines during writing operations. Auto-booting is accomplished by first driving the word line to a first word line voltage. After such driving, the word line isolated. Subsequent driving of the plurality of bit lines that are capacitively coupled to the word line causes the word line voltage to be increased to a level desired to allow sufficient current to flow through a selected memory cell to write information into the selected memory cell. Additional embodiments include the use of a supplemental voltage provider that is able to further boost or hold the isolated word line at the needed voltage level.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-03-01

Circuitry and methods provide an increased tunnel barrier endurance (lifetime) previously shortened by dielectric breakdown by providing a charging pulses of opposite polarity in comparison with write pulses. The charging pulse of opposite polarity may comprise equal or different width and amplitude than that of the write pulse, may be applied with each write pulse or a series of write pulses, and may be applied prior to or subsequent to the write pulse. A register is also used to keep track of the read pulse polarity such that read pulses of alternating polarity can be used in reading operations.


A layer of silicon nitride above the bottom electrode and on the sidewalls of the magnetoresistive stack serves as an insulator and an etch stop during manufacturing of a magnetoresistive device. Non-selective chemical mechanical polishing removes any silicon nitride overlying a top electrode for the device along with silicon dioxide used for encapsulation. Later etching operations corresponding to formation of a via to reach the top electrode use selective etching chemistries that remove silicon dioxide to access the top electrode, but do not remove silicon nitride. Thus, the silicon nitride acts as an etch stop, and, in the resulting device, provides an insulating layer that prevents unwanted short circuits between the via and the bottom electrode and between the via and the sidewalls of the magnetoresistive device stack.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-07-17

A memory system and memory controller for interleaving volatile and non-volatile memory accesses are described. In the memory system, the memory controller is coupled to the volatile and non-volatile memories using a shared address bus. Activate latencies for the volatile and non-volatile memories are different, and registers are included on the memory controller for storing latency values. Additional registers on the memory controller store precharge latencies for the memories as well as page size for the non-volatile memory. A memory access sequencer on the memory controller asserts appropriate chip select signals to the memories to initiate operations therein.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-03-25

A magnetoresistive-based device and method of manufacturing a magnetoresistive-based device using a plurality of masks. The magnetoresistive-based device includes magnetic material layers formed between a first electrically conductive layer and a second electrically conductive layer, the magnetic materials layers including a tunnel barrier layer formed between a first magnetic materials layer and a second magnetic materials layer. In one embodiment, the method may include removing the first electrically conductive layer and the first magnetic materials layer unprotected by a first mask, to form a first electrode and a first magnetic materials, respectively, and removing the tunnel barrier layer and the second magnetic materials layer unprotected by a second mask to form a tunnel barrier and second magnetic materials, and the second electrically conductive layer unprotected by the second mask to form, and a second electrode.


Patent
Everspin Technologies | Date: 2016-11-09

A semiconductor process integrates three bridge circuits, each include magnetoresistive sensors coupled as a Wheatstone bridge on a single chip to sense a magnetic field in three orthogonal directions. The process includes various deposition and etch steps forming the magnetoresistive sensors and a plurality of flux guides on one of the three bridge circuits for transferring a Z axis magnetic field onto sensors orientated in the XY plane.

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