Samsung Acquires New-Gen Memory Maker Grandis

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-02 Print this article Print

Grandis' proprietary spin-transfer torque RAM has all the characteristics of what the company calls "an ideal universal memory" for IT devices.

Samsung has fortified its research and development arm in the increasingly competitive battle for market share in the solid-state memory sector.

Samsung Electronics Co. on Aug. 2 announced the acquisition of Grandis, a 9-year-old firm that makes STT-RAM (spin-transfer torque random-access memory). Terms of the deal were not released.

Grandis will be merged into Samsung's R&D operations focused on developing the next generation of random-access memory, in which new semiconductor materials and structures are reviewed for their long-term commercial value, Samsung said.

Grandis will contribute to Samsung's continued development of memory semiconductors and become part of the company's global R&D network, Samsung said.

Grandis' proprietary STT-RAM has all the characteristics of what the company calls "an ideal universal memory" for IT devices that could eventually replace first-generation, field-switched MRAM (magnetic random-access memory).

Also known as STT-MRAM or SpinRAM, STT-RAM synthesizes nonvolatile, low-power consumption, ultra-fast read and write speed, unlimited endurance, and extendability beyond the now-standard 32nm semiconductor node. Samsung claims that it offers system designers the ability to develop products with high performance and that use less power.

Grandis was established in 2002 and is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. 


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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