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Magnetic memory technology, mastered by the CEA and further explored as part of the European project GREAT, is particularly promising for the Internet of Things (IoT) as it should lower the cost to produce circuits for measurements, calculations and communications.
According to Guillaume Prenat, coordinator of the H2020 GREAT project and researcher at CEA-Inac, this technology “can also be used for radiofrequency communications and measurements of magnetic fields.”
“By stacking the different layers combining these three functionalities, we greatly simplify manufacturing. We need only one fabrication mask set instead of three, thereby reducing the cost,” explains Prenat.
“We are particularly targeting applications requiring both low energy and relatively high processing capability, for which our technology could be particularly attractive.”
“We hope to have an operational magnetic CMOS circuit with a performance that correlates well with the simulations. It’s the first time we’ve come this far in building circuits. There’s some real momentum in the field!”
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.