In the News

Press Contact: David Viera

Collaboration with Adesto Technologies and Nordion Confirms Gamma Irradiation Tolerance of CBRAM® Non-Volatile Memory

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Capability Opens New Market Opportunities to Ultra-Low Power Memory Products

Adesto Technologies, a memory solutions provider delivering innovative products for code and data storage applications, and Nordion, with global expertise in the design and construction of commercial gamma irradiation systems, today announced the successful completion of gamma irradiation testing of Adesto’s CBRAM non-volatile memory products. The results demonstrated CBRAM’s tolerance for gamma testing with device function and data storage surviving gamma radiation exposure. The testing, which exposed standard packaged CBRAM memory to doses up to 50 kGy (5Mrad), was conducted at Nordion’s Gamma Centre of Excellence, an applied research and specialty gamma processing facility located in Quebec, Canada.

“The unique mechanism of data storage employed in CBRAM technology protects the data from the effects experienced by traditional non-volatile memories when exposed to irradiation,” said Ishai Naveh, Vice President of Marketing, Adesto. “The results open new possibilities for Adesto and prospective customers. Medical applications and other uses that require sterile memory components and ultra-low power operation are natural matches for CBRAM technology.”

Adesto views CBRAM as an emerging, disruptive memory technology that can be integrated with standard semiconductor logic circuitry, function as a discrete memory device or can be embedded in microcontrollers or a System-on-Chip (SOC).

“Gamma irradiation is a proven technique for the sterilization of single use medical devices and other consumer products that require strict microbial decontamination,” said Emily Craven, Manager of Sterilization Science at Nordion. “Nordion’s Gamma Centre of Excellence promotes the use of gamma globally through programs like the development of new applications for semiconductor technologies. We were excited to work with Adesto because we saw the potential benefit to the medical device industry in having electronic storage available in final product packaging which was previously challenging with gamma sterilization.”

To learn more about CBRAM technology or to contact Adesto regarding CBRAM products, visit To learn more about working with Nordion’s Gamma Centre of Excellence, visit

About Nordion Inc.

Nordion Inc. (TSX:NDN) (NYSE:NDZ) is a global health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of medical isotopes and sterilization technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 40 countries around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has approximately 450 highly skilled employees in three locations. Find out more at and follow us at

Nordion Contacts:
Ana Raman, (613) 595-4580

Tamra Benjamin, (613) 592-3400 x 1022

View all Press Releases