I’ve been a fan of RRAM – resistive random access memory – for years. It is much superior to NAND flash as a storage medium, except for cost, density and industry production capacity. Hey, you can’t have everything!

But Crossbar announced today that they’ve inked a licensing deal with the Chinese Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation that will help move the needle on RRAM. The deal is for embedded devices:

. . . SMIC and Crossbar have signed an agreement to provide RRAM blocks based onSMIC’ 40nm CMOS manufacturing process. This will enable customers to integrate low latency, very high performance and low power embedded RRAM memory blocks into MCUs and SoCs, targeting the Internet of Things, wearable and tablet computers, consumer, industrial and automotive electronics markets.

The StorageMojo take
Crossbar has to walk before they can run. Technology diffusion at the storage level isn’t easy. Giving embedded engineers exposure to the technology makes sense.

This will help remind people that 3D Xpoint isn’t the only game in town. Here’s a link for the StorageMojo take on Crossbar. I wish them well.

Courteous comments welcome, of course.