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Physicists to Develop New Way of Electronic Computing

UC Riverside's Roland Kawakami leads a four-year $1.85 multicampus research project aimed at speeding up applications that process large amounts of data

Story content courtesy of University of California, Riverside, US

The University of California, Riverside received a $1.85 million grant to develop a new way of computing that is beyond the scope of conventional silicon electronics.

The goal of the project is to speed up applications that process large amounts of data such as internet searching, data compression, and image recognition.

Focusing on improving electronics, the research team will be led by PI Roland Kawakami, Professor of Physics and Astronomy. He notes, "Our approach is to utilize the spin degree of freedom to store and process information, which will allow the functions of logic and memory to be fully integrated into a single chip."

Dr. Kawakami continues, "We are looking at a completely new architecture or framework for computing," he said. "This involves developing a new type of 'building-block' device known as a magnetologic gate that will serve as the engine for this technology – similar to the role of the transistor in conventional electronics. In addition, we will develop and design the circuits needed to utilize this device for specific functions, such as searching, sorting, and forecasting."

The money is awarded to UC Riverside under the nationwide "Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond" competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Most of the experimental work will be done at UC Riverside and UC Irvine. The circuit design and theory will be done at UC San Diego, the University of Rochester, and SUNY Buffalo.

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