Topological Semimetal Synthesized Thin Film That Can Increase Power and Memory Storage While Using Less Energy

A technical paper titled "Robust negative longitudinal magnetoresistance and spin-orbit torque in sputtered Pt3Sn and Pt3SnxFe1-x topological semimetal" was published by researchers at University of Minnesota. Abstract: "Contrary to topological insulators, topological semimetals possess a nontrivial chiral anomaly that leads to negative magnetoresistance and are hosts to both conductive bulk ... » read more

Novel Spintronic Neuro-mimetic Device Emulating the LIF Neuron Dynamics w/High Energy Efficiency & Compact Footprints

New technical paper titled "Noise resilient leaky integrate-and-fire neurons based on multi-domain spintronic devices" from researchers at Purdue University. Abstract "The capability of emulating neural functionalities efficiently in hardware is crucial for building neuromorphic computing systems. While various types of neuro-mimetic devices have been investigated, it remains challenging to... » read more

SOT-MRAM To Challenge SRAM

In an era of new non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies, yet another variation is poised to join the competition — a new version of MRAM called spin-orbit torque, or SOT-MRAM. What makes this one particularly interesting is the possibility that someday it could supplant SRAM arrays in systems-on-chip (SoCs) and other integrated circuits. The key advantages of SOT-MRAM technology are the pr... » read more

Spin–orbit torque engineering in β-W/CoFeB heterostructures with W–Ta or W–V alloy layers between β-W and CoFeB

Abstract "The spin–orbit torque (SOT) resulting from a spin current generated in a nonmagnetic transition metal layer offers a promising magnetization switching mechanism for spintronic devices. To fully exploit this mechanism, in practice, materials with high SOT efficiencies are indispensable. Moreover, new materials need to be compatible with semiconductor processing. This study introduce... » read more

Field-free spin-orbit torque-induced switching of perpendicular magnetization in a ferrimagnetic layer with a vertical composition gradient

Abstract "Current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) are of interest for fast and energy-efficient manipulation of magnetic order in spintronic devices. To be deterministic, however, switching of perpendicularly magnetized materials by SOT requires a mechanism for in-plane symmetry breaking. Existing methods to do so involve the application of an in-plane bias magnetic field, or incorporation o... » read more

Shared-Write-Channel-Based Device for High-Density Spin-Orbit-Torque Magnetic Random-Access Memory

ABSTRACT "Spin-orbit-torque (SOT) devices are promising candidates for the future magnetic memory landscape, as they promise high endurance, low read disturbance, and low read error, in comparison with spin-transfer torque devices. However, SOT memories are area intensive due to the requirement for two access transistors per bit. Here, we report a multibit SOT cell that has a single write chan... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Jan. 11

Quantum dot transistors Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of California Irvine used quantum dots to create transistors which can be assembled into functional logic circuits. "Potential applications of the new approach to electronic devices based on non-toxic quantum dots include printable circuits, flexible displays, lab-on-a-chip diagnostics, wearable devices, me... » read more

Efficient Spin-Orbit Torque Switching with Non-Epitaxial Chalcogenide Heterostructures

Abstract: "The spin–orbit torques (SOTs) generated from topological insulators (TIs) have gained increasing attention in recent years. These TIs, which are typically formed by epitaxially grown chalcogenides, possess extremely high SOT efficiencies and have great potential to be employed in next-generation spintronics devices. However, epitaxy of these chalcogenides is required to ensure the... » read more

MRAM: from STT to SOT, for security and memory

Abstract: "Spin Transfer Torque Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM) is one of the leading candidates for embedded memory convergence in advanced technology nodes. It is particularly adapted to low-power applications, requiring a decent level of performance. However, it also have interests for secured applications. The PRESENT cipher is a lightweight cryptographic algorithm targeting ultra... » read more

Switching a Perpendicular Ferromagnetic Layer by Competing Spin Currents

ABSTRACT "An ultimate goal of spintronics is to control magnetism via electrical means. One promising way is to utilize a current-induced spin-orbit torque (SOT) originating from the strong spin-orbit coupling in heavy metals and their interfaces to switch a single perpendicularly magnetized ferromagnetic layer at room temperature. However, experimental realization of SOT switching to date req... » read more