Diagram of CeRAM
Diagram of CeRAM
Diagram of CeRAM

Colorado Springs-based Symetrix Corp.’s innovative new non-volatile resistive RAM technology has become a linchpin in the company’s partnership with an international tech giant.

The company’s correlated electron random access memory, or CeRAM, is now being evaluated by ARM Holdings “as part of its strategy in embedded nonvolatile memory offerings,” Symetrix officials said in a news release. Negotiations between the two companies began three months ago.

A leader in microprocessor intellectual property, ARM Holdings experienced a revenue stream last year of $715 million.

Through the partnership, Symetrix will provide ARM with CeRAM technology, as well as results from projects at the University of Texas in Dallas and UCCS, to help the company progress in the semiconductor industry.

“The announcement of CeRAM by Symetrix Corporation describes a mechanism for this resistance change that is based on quantum mechanics, a field of physics not commonly harnessed by the chip industry,” officials said. “In essence, the organization of the electron orbitals in the metal ion can be manipulated to result in very high or very low resistance.”

Symetrix is led by Carlos Paz de Araujo, a UCCS professor with years of experience in the development of RAM technologies.

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According to the release, applications for this technology include use in embedded microcontrollers, chip systems, standalone memory and other developing technologies.

“The CeRAM breakthrough has been under development for the last five years and has focused on creating the optimum materials for the quantum transition,” the release said. “Symetrix has produced devices that demonstrate the favorable and unique properties for chip memory.”

(Non-volatile random access memory retains data storage regardless of power interruption or loss and is therefore more stable — less volatile — than former RAM technologies that required a constant supply, according to various sources.)