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Comparing post-silicon technologies

10 Sep 2015  | R. Colin Johnson

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According to Theis, they have a long laundry list of new device types with new ones being added every day, and want to help their supporters—IBM, Intel, Micron and TI—get a leg-up on the ones most likely to succeed, with publications of their results coming later to the other SRC members and the worldwide engineering community.

According to Naeemi, his group's goal will be to broaden the benchmarking base and improve engineers' understanding of how each devices works and to which applications they might be most applicable.

"We want to highlight where researchers need to focus their efforts on how to take advantage of novelty, where improvements will be most effective, and not just for logic, but also for memory devices too," Naeemi told us. "It is extremely important to pull together and get an accurate overview of how each research effort is doing."

Switching energy

Switching-energy versus delay benchmark of a 32bit adder cast in next-gen technologies using tunnelling, ferroelectrics, magneto-electrics and spin-torque technologies. Credit: Dmitri Nikonov and Ian Young. (Source: Intel)

Some of the most novel devices being benchmarked include transistor-like "steep slope" devices that operate at extremely low-voltages and thus very low power, non-volatile magnetic devices that unlike FETs can combine memory and logic functions as well as non-Boolean analogue devices that "compute" like the neural networks of the human brain.

The benchmarking programme will run through the end of 2017. Get all the details on SRC's Beyond CMOS Benchmarking site.

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