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    >> GOSSAMER project : Finished since July 30, 2011


     

     

     

     

    Welcome to the GOSSAMER project website.

     

    GOSSAMER, or “Gigascale Oriented Solid State flAsh Memory for EuRope” is a European project carried out by a consortium of 13 partners and supported by the European Commission through the FP7 program.

     

    The GOSSAMER project aims at the development of the technology for very high density Non Volatile Memories for mass storage applications down to the 22 nm technology node.


    Objectives:To develop the Charge Trapping Technology for very high density Non Volatile Memories for mass storage, targeting the 22 nm technology node.
    Start date: January 1st, 2008
    Duration: 3 years

    During the last 15 years, ICTs have provided a number of radically new devices / techno-toys that have improved the daily life of the EU citizen: mobile phone, digital camera, MP3 players, PC, PDA, credit cards, video on discs, flat screen, HD TV, fast communications (ADSL) .
    The need of more and more “memory” is shared by all applications of ICTs such as enhancing life comfort and security, leisure, education, business and improving work productivity.
    At the moment there seems to be no sign for a slowing down of memory requirements: in spite of the doubling of memory density every 18 months, the diffusion of broadband communication and digital appliances, and the constant demand for better quality of images and sound, is creating an ever increasing need for large memories in a variety of new media.
    Solid-state memories are the preferred solution for mobile applications. Their main advantages are the use of consolidated technology, the lack of any mechanical,parts, which results in stronger ruggedness, lighter weight, smaller form-factor, better reliability and, above all, lower power dissipation.


     And solid-state mass-storage today means NAND Flash memories

    What are Flash?

    Flash memory is non-volatile computer memory that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. It is a technology that is primarily used in memory cards and USB flash drives for general storage and transfer of data between computers and other digital products.
    Flash memory is non-volatile, which means that no power is needed to maintain the information stored in the chip. (Wikipedia)


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