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Tech & Science Tech: Weebit Nano gets promising results with its cost-cutting semiconductor technology

03:50  25 november  2019
03:50  25 november  2019 Source:   stockhead.com.au

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Unlike other emerging memory technologies , and unlike other ReRAM implementations, Weebit ’s ReRAM memory is made from the most common material in the semiconductor Weebit Nano is an Israeli company founded in 2015 and traded on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) since 2016.

Weebit Nano ’s technology – An easy-to-manufacture, fast, cost effective and energy-efficient nonvolatile ReRAM (Resistive RAM). The key challenge in ReRAM technology is in choosing the appropriate resistive material that enables changes to its chemical or physical structure, and is able to

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Weebit Nano (ASX: WBT) had some positive test results for the market this morning, as it looks to deploy technology that can improve efficiencies in the manufacture of semiconductors.

The company has been busy running tests in recent months with its research partner Leti, the France-based research institute.

The goal has been to show that Weebit’s technology can reduce the number of “masks” required in semiconductor production, down from the industry average of seven-to-10.

Weebit said today that testing “confirmed it is possible to produce Weebit’s ReRam tech as an embedded memory using two, or possibly only one, additional mask”.

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Weebit ’s focus on producing its ReRAM technology using Silicon Oxide (SiOx), and avoiding non-standard materials, enables it to make very fast progress and will enable fast adoption of the technology in production fabs once it is ready for productization.

Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX:WBT) has achieved successful endurance results for its ReRAM cells, demonstrating stable voltage and endurance levels Weebit and its partner Leti, the French research institute recognised as a global leader in the field of microelectronics, performed the tests which

The update was good enough to give WBT shares a bounce in morning trade, although the stock remains well off its January 2019 highs above 80c.

Less masks, more profits

In its update this morning, Weebit explained that the semiconductor manufacturing process required a series of wafers that were layered on top of one another and patterned through a series of masks.

At geometry levels below 28 nanometres (nm – one billionth of a meter), “the mask set required to produce a semiconductor device can cost millions of dollars”, the company said.

As a result, reducing the mask set to one or two (down from seven to 10) can “significantly benefit” costs and underlying profits.

The company said the early testing results indicated the technology’s potential to address one of the key problems in semiconductor composition — increased wafer malfunction during the “delicate” production process.

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Semiconductor developer Weebit Nano (ASX: WBT) has taken a definitive step towards commercialising its ground-breaking silicon oxide memory technology after announcing a Development Program Partnership with Silvaco.

Semiconductor developer Weebit Nano (ASX: WBT) has extended its agreement with partner Leti first signed in 2016, the French research institute, to aid The extension to its agreement with Leti intends to allow Weebit to accelerate the optimising of its manufacturing process required to achieve industry

Weebit CEO Coby Hanoch said that in conversation with prospective customers, cutting mask rates and increasing the wafer yield had both been high on the agenda.

With testing confirming that Weebit arrays can use a smaller number of masks, “we will be able to save our customers millions of dollars, reduce manufacturing times and significantly decrease error risks in their production processes”.

Stockhead has contacted Weebit Nano for further details on the potential to convert its low-mask technology to revenue, and the time frame for commercialisation.

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