SPINTRONIC IC DESIGN

Overview

The team is dedicated to the evaluation of the benefits of using magnetic devices in Integrated Circuits (ICs). It is expected that integrating non-volatility in ICs could contribute to push forward the incoming limits in the microelectronics scaling. This work includes integrating the magnetic devices in standard design tools, design hybrid circuits and evaluate their performance for various applications.

Research topics

Hybrid CMOS/Magnetic design flow

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Designing hybrid circuits requires integrating the magnetic devices in the standard design flow of microelectronics. This includes compacts models for electrical simulations, technology files including the magnetic back-end and libraries of Standard Cells for digital design.

Low-power logic circuits

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One issue related to microelectronics scaling is the increasing standby power, due to leakage currents. Introducing non-volatility in circuits allows easing the power gating technique, which consists in cutting-off the power supply of inactive blocks to save leakage.

Hardware security

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While STT MRAM can be beneficial for hardware security (taking advantage of its stochastic behavior for cryptography for instance), it also presents some specific failures mechanisms that has to be studied to take the appropriate countermeasures.

Radiation hardening for space applications

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The intrinsic hardness to radiations of the magnetic devices make them a good candidate to be embedded in circuits for space applications. It can be advantageously combined with other hardening technologies or design techniques.

The team

Permanent staff

PRENAT
Guillaume PRENAT
guillaume.prenat@cea.fr

François DUHEM
francois.duhem@cea.fr

Post-docs

  • Kotb JABEUR
  • Pierre VANHAUWAERT

PhD

  • Mounia KHARBOUCHE
  • Rana ALHALABI
  • Jeremy LOPES

Projects

  • GREAT, H2020 (2016-2019)
  • ANR MASTA (2016-2019)

Partners

  • eVaderis
  • TowerJazz
  • Singulus
  • Toplink Innovation
  • TIMA
  • LIRMM
  • IEF
  • TUD
  • University of Brasov
  • KIT
  • LETI
  • IM2NP

Recent news

  • NV-APROC – An ANR project (August 12th, 2019) NV-APROC - An ANR project
    NV-APROC stands for Non Volatile MRAM-based Asynchronous PROCessor, a 42-month ANR project starting on October 2019, coordinated by Spintec. Micro and nano electronics integrated circuit domain has been strongly driven by the advent of ...
  • MISTRAL – An ANR project (August 12th, 2019) MISTRAL - An ANR project
    MISTRAL stands for MRAM/CMOS Hybridization to Secure Cryptographic Algorithms, an 42-month ANR project starting on October 2019, coordinated by EMSE (Ecole des Mines de St Etienne in Gardanne). MISTRAL is addressing the security of the cryptography ...
  • Best poster award at the 18th Non-Volatile Memory Technology Symposium (October 26th, 2018) Best poster award at the 18th Non-Volatile Memory Technology Symposium
    Rana Alhalabi has been awarded of the best poster prize at the 18th Non-Volatile Memory Technology Symposium that took place in October 2018 in Sendai, Japan. The title of the poster was “High density SOT-MRAM ...
  • The EU GREAT Project delivered its 2nd tape-out demonstrator (October 16th, 2018) The EU GREAT Project delivered its 2nd tape-out demonstrator
    A full hybrid magnetic/CMOS System on Chip (SoC), embedding analog and digital functions based on spintronics devices on the same die, has been designed and sent to manufacturing. It is the first demonstrator of such ...
  • Masters thesis projects for Spring 2019 (October 10th, 2018) Masters thesis projects for Spring 2019
    You find here the list of proposals for Master-2 internships to take place during Spring 2019. In most cases, these internships are intended to be suitable for a longer-term PhD work. Interested Master-1 students are ...

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