Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed an ultra-compact resistive-random-access-memory (RRAM) cell with industry-leading switching speed (<10ns), low access latency, and low energy consumption. This nonvolatile and manufacture-friendly memory technology combines a transition-metal-dichalcogenide (TMDC) graphene-based heterojunction field-effect-transistor with hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) based RRAM to form a single device. The hybrid structure, which can be considered as a “0.5T0.5R” memory cell, reduces the device count by half and is the first of its kind in RRAM technology history. Its design affords lower operation voltage, extraordinarily fast switching speed, long retention time, high ON/OFF ratio, high endurance, and low switching energy in contrast to ubiquitous charge- and silicon-based memory. This invention stores much more information with higher performance compared to conventional alternatives and can serve as the foundation for a new generation of intelligent chips, changing the ways we process and store information.
Name: Robert Takara