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ECE Colloquium Series – Professor Suman Datta

April 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the *Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series, ECE is proud to present:

 From Emerging Devices to New Computational Models

Professor Suman Datta
University of Notre Dame
Host: Professor Steven Koester



Research discovery of ferroelectricity in doped hafnium dioxide thin films has ignited tremendous activity in exploration of ferroelectric FETs for a range of applications from logic to embedded memory to in-memory compute kernels. In this talk, I will present important highlights in the development of nonvolatile circuits and system design and optimization using Ferroelectric Field Effect Transistors (FeFETs). I will begin with a brief review of steep slope FeFETs for low-power Boolean logic. Nonvolatile memory in logic circuits (such as non-volatile flip flops) based on FeFETs provide further improvements in energy-efficiency solutions for extremely energy constrained applications. I will discuss the potential of FeFETs as an analog multi-scale storage and local processing unit, for implementing in-memory compute kernels. The challenges and benefits of using FeFETs as in-memory processing units to accelerate hardware learning for deep neural networks will be elucidated.


Suman Datta is the Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that he was a Professor at The Penn State University in Electrical Engineering from 2007 to 2011. From 1999 till 2007, he was in the Advanced Transistor Group at Intel Corporation, where he developed several generations of logic transistor technologies including high-k/metal gate, Tri-gate and non-silicon channel CMOS transistor technologies. He works on emerging device concepts that support and enable new computational models. He was a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award (2003), the Intel Logic Technology Quality Award (2002), the Penn State Engineering Alumni Association (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award (2012), the SEMI Award for North America (2012), IEEE Device Research Conference Best Paper Award (2010, 2011) and the PSEAS Premier Research Award (2015).  He is Fellow of IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He has published over 300 journal and refereed conference papers and holds 175 patents related to advanced device technologies.


*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.


April 12, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Keller Hall Annex 3-230
200 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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