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Scalable Optical AI Accelerator Based on a Crossbar Architecture


A new technical paper titled "Scalable Coherent Optical Crossbar Architecture using PCM for AI Acceleration" was published by researchers at University of Washington. Abstract: "Optical computing has been recently proposed as a new compute paradigm to meet the demands of future AI/ML workloads in datacenters and supercomputers. However, proposed implementations so far suffer from lack of sc... » read more

New Class of Electrically Driven Optical Nonvolatile Memory


A new technical paper titled "Electrical Programmable Multi-Level Non-volatile Photonic Random-Access Memory" was published by researchers at George Washington University, Optelligence, MIT, and the University of Central Florida. Researchers demonstrate "a multi-state electrically-programmed low-loss non-volatile photonic memory based on a broadband transparent phase change material (Ge2Sb2S... » read more

3 Emerging Technologies: Memristors, Spintronics & 2D Materials


New technical paper titled "Memristive, Spintronic, and 2D-Materials-Based Devices to Improve and Complement Computing Hardware" from researchers at University College London and University of Cambridge. Abstract "In a data-driven economy, virtually all industries benefit from advances in information technology—powerful computing systems are critically important for rapid technological pr... » read more

Neuromorphic Computing: Challenges, Opportunities Including Materials, Algorithms, Devices & Ethics


This new research paper titled "2022 roadmap on neuromorphic computing and engineering" is from numerous researchers at Technical University of Denmark, Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla, CSIC, University of Seville, and many others. Partial Abstract: "The aim of this roadmap is to present a snapshot of the present state of neuromorphic technology and provide an opinion on the chall... » read more

An Energy-Efficient DRAM Cache Architecture for Mobile Platforms With PCM-Based Main Memory


Abstract "A long battery life is a first-class design objective for mobile devices, and main memory accounts for a major portion of total energy consumption. Moreover, the energy consumption from memory is expected to increase further with ever-growing demands for bandwidth and capacity. A hybrid memory system with both DRAM and PCM can be an attractive solution to provide additional capacity ... » read more

Toward Software-Equivalent Accuracy on Transformer-Based Deep Neural Networks With Analog Memory Devices


Abstract:  "Recent advances in deep learning have been driven by ever-increasing model sizes, with networks growing to millions or even billions of parameters. Such enormous models call for fast and energy-efficient hardware accelerators. We study the potential of Analog AI accelerators based on Non-Volatile Memory, in particular Phase Change Memory (PCM), for software-equivalent accurate i... » read more

What’s WAT? An Overview Of WAT/PCM Data


Wafer acceptance testing (WAT) also known as process control monitoring (PCM) data is data generated by the fab at the end of manufacturing and generally made available to the fabless customer for every wafer. The data will typically have between forty and one hundred tests, each test having a result for each site (or “drop-in”) on the wafer. The sites are located so that the fab can monito... » read more

DRAM, 3D NAND Face New Challenges


It’s been a topsy-turvy period for the memory market, and it's not over. So far in 2020, demand has been slightly better than expected for the two main memory types — 3D NAND and DRAM. But now there is some uncertainty in the market amid a slowdown, inventory issues and an ongoing trade war. In addition, the 3D NAND market is moving toward a new technology generation, but some are enc... » read more

Neuromorphic Computing Drives The Landscape Of Emerging Memories For Artificial Intelligence SoCs


The pace of deep machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world of computing at all levels of hardware architecture, software, chip manufacturing, and system packaging. Two major developments have opened the doors to implementing new techniques in machine learning. First, vast amounts of data, i.e., “Big Data,” are available for systems to process. Second, advanced ... » read more

Memory Issues For AI Edge Chips


Several companies are developing or ramping up AI chips for systems on the network edge, but vendors face a variety of challenges around process nodes and memory choices that can vary greatly from one application to the next. The network edge involves a class of products ranging from cars and drones to security cameras, smart speakers and even enterprise servers. All of these applications in... » read more

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