Research at Cisco

Memistor

Project ID:


RFP-2012-075

Title:


Memistor

Summary:


DRAM and Flash memory technology scaling is approaching a wall. There is a strong need to search for a new memory technology that is scalable and compatible for networking application. It is also desirable the new memory technology attributes be as universal as possible meaning non-volatile, bit-addressable, high-speed, low-cost, low-power, and scalable. The memristor is an novel nanoelectronic device that is very promising for emerging technologies. Memristor, which are essentially resistors with memory, are able to perform logic operations as well storage information.

Full Description:


DRAM and Flash memory technology scaling is approaching a wall. There is a strong need to search for a new memory technology that is scalable and compatible for networking application. It is also desirable the new memory technology attributes be as universal as possible meaning non-volatile, bit-addressable, high-speed, low-cost, low-power, and scalable. The memristor is a novel nanoelectronic device that is very promising for emerging technologies. Memristor, which are essentially resistors with memory, are able to perform logic operations as well storage information.

To better understand the fundamental technology and challenges of memristor research is needed to validate the next generation memory development. Here we propose to extend academia research and collaboration on the following areas related to memristor technology:

  1. Competitive high-performance low-latency memory
  2. Memristor as candidates for future analog, digital and mixed signal circuits,
  3. Memristor reliability assessment and/or simulation
  4. Memristor technology innovation and development
  5. oftware management for memory hierarchal management
  6. Software management for flexible memory mode programming to unify volatile and non-volatile memory

Constraints and other information:


Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:


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