In 2007, the founders of Adesto Technologies set out to build a new company focused on developing innovative, low-power memory solutions based on a promising type of Resistive RAM technology called Conductive Bridging RAM (CBRAM). This particular technology is different from other emerging memories in that it can be customized to serve a wide range of applications. In just the last 3 years, Adesto has licensed its technology as an embedded memory to several large SOC (System on Chip) Semiconductor companies and thus enabled them to develop a future roadmap without limitations. Adesto sees this as the first step in CBRAM’s adoption as the memory of choice for even more demanding applications such as low power mobile devices and high performance servers.
The graphic below shows the breadth of the CBRAM Technology’s capabilities. Unlike other memory technologies, CBRAM is completely CMOS compatible and through optimizations of the memory cell, its architecture, and the manufacturing process it can be shown to be extremely versatile in the way it operates. Adesto released its first CBRAM based memory devices in 2012 and plans to add to its offerings in early 2013 as it targets the $5B non-volatile EEPROM and NOR Flash markets.
In September 2012, Adesto expanded the company’s value-added memory business by acquiring Atmel’s DataFlash and Serial Flash product lines. With the acquisition, Adesto will now be able to deliver to customers high quality products and derivatives along with a growing CBRAM product line that offers a path to lower power, more economical solutions in a technology that is designed to scale with advanced CMOS process technologies.