RIVERSIDE, Calif. Three University of California, Riverside scientists and engineers are members of a new national research center the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) focused on developing the next generation of microelectronics. Led by the University of Minnesota, C-SPIN is being supported by a five-year $28 million grant, about $3 million of which is allocated to UC Riverside.
The grant was awarded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a global research collaboration of private companies, universities and government agencies; and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
C-SPIN at the University of Minnesota will bring together top researchers from across the nation, such as UCR's Roland Kawakami, Ludwig Bartels and Cengiz Ozkan, to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems. Unlike today's computers, which function on the basis of electrical charges moving across wires, emerging spin-based computing systems will process and store information through spin, a fundamental property of electrons.
"Conventional silicon electronics is running out of steam in terms of improving its performance." said Kawakami, a professor of physics and astronomy. "It is known as the 'end of the roadmap' for silicon-based technologies. Silicon won't go away, but there are physical limits to how small silicon transistors can get before they stop working. Technology is now getting very close to this limit, so the semiconductor companies are looking for alternative methods for continued imp
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