The approaching end to Moore’s law has compelled researchers to look for alternatives to CMOS technology, and spintronics is fast appearing to be a viable option. In a recent article in Communications of the ACM titled “The Rise of Spintronics,” ECE faculty Prof. Sachin Sapatnekar explains the challenges posed by the end of Moore’s Law.
He addresses spintronics as a promising option, presenting the advantages (speed, capacity, lower power consumption) it offers, especially in the face of new applications that require computational capabilities vastly different from CMOS processors. Explaining how spintronic devices operate, he underscores the edge they have over conventional CMOS-based technologies, especially in industries where uninterrupted power supply is critical to smooth operations.
The article gives a glimpse of areas where spintronics-based technology could have a clear advantage. Of course, there are development and price challenges that can slow the path to market for spintronics-based chips and devices. Read more about how the technology works, and the advantages it holds in “The Rise of Spintronics.”
Prof. Sapatnekar was honored as an ACM Fellow in 2016 by the Association for Computing Machinery for his “contributions to the enhancement of performance and reliability in integrated circuits.”