New Logic Devices on the Horizon
December 3, 2018
“Nature” published a research paper on the next generation of logic devices authored by researchers from Intel, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The paper describes a magneto-electric spin-orbit (MESO) logic device, invented by Intel. MESO devices have the potential to lower voltage by 5 times and energy by 10-30 times when combined with ultralow sleep state power, as compared to today’s complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOS).
While Intel is pursuing CMOS scaling, the company has been working on computing logic options that will emerge in the next decade for the beyond-CMOS era, driving computing energy-efficiency and allowing performance to grow across diverse computing architectures.
Ian Young, Intel Senior Fellow and
director of the Exploratory Integrated Circuits group in the Technology
and Manufacturing Group said, “We are looking for revolutionary, not
evolutionary, approaches for computing in the beyond-CMOS era. MESO is
built around low-voltage interconnects and low-voltage
magneto-electrics. It brings together quantum materials innovation with
computing. We are excited about the progress we have made and are
looking forward to future demonstrations of reducing the switching
voltage even further toward its potential.”