Mina-News #20 - May 2012

More efficient processors thanks to magnetism

Scientists have found that by adding advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) to frequency demodulators, they can cut the power requirements of some applications by a factor of ten. Spintec calculated the energy savings using the design and simulation software it developed in association with two university partners. Now scientists are even more confident in the potential of MTJs to overcome the obstacles faced by CMOS technology—like overheating, reduced reliability, and high power consumption—in circuit miniaturization.
Spintec’s software can be configured to model all types of MTJs and includes a design kit to help circuit designers use the software effectively. The company has already made the software available to its university partners and plans to distribute it more widely, especially among foundries.

Contact: guillaume.prenat@cea.fr

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