UCLA receives $8.4M to lead research on ultra-low-power, non-volatile logic technologies
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science an $8.4
million grant for research on a technology known as non-volatile
spintronic logic, which enables computers and electronic devices to keep
their state even while powered off, then start up and run complex
programs instantaneously. The project will be led by UCLA principal
investigators Kang Wang, UCLA's Raytheon Professor of Electrical
Engineering, Alex Khitun, an assistant research engineer, and project
manager Pedram Khalili, a research associate in Electrical Engineering.
It will involve researchers from UCLA, UC Irvine, Yale University and
the University of Massachusetts.
The research has broad implications across a range of technologies, including portable electronics, remote sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles and high-performance computing. UCLA Engineering researchers will conduct studies into the materials, design, fabrication and tools used to develop such technologies. The UCLA researchers are aiming to develop a prototype non-volatile logic circuit, which could lead to the development of new classes of ultra-low-power, high-performance electronics. The research program will explore three technical areas: the behavior of nanoscale magnetic materials; the fabrication and testing of a non-volatile logic circuit; and the development of novel circuits and circuit-design tools. (Read this release online)