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Reducing the "Big Data" ogre's energy appetite thanks to spin-electronics

18 Mar 2019

Learn about and debate with ERC Proof of Concept grantee Bernard Dieny

Webinar 18 March 2019, 12:30 to 14:00 CET 

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EIRMA webinar with Bernard Dieny - SPINTEC, Univ.Grenoble Alpes/CEA/CNRS, Grenoble, France; ERC Grantee.

The webinar will be introduced and moderated by Léopold Demiddeleer, former New Business Development Director of SOLVAY S.A and Honorary President of EIRMA.

The Topic

Spinelectronics is a very rapidly growing area of R&D which merges magnetism and electronics. This field was born in Europe with the discovery of the giant magnetoresistance phenomenon (GMR) in 1988 by Pr A.Fert (France) and P.Grunberg (Germany) who were awarded the Physics Nobel Prize 2007. Since then, several other breakthrough discoveries have further boosted this field.

Spinelectronics has found applications in hard disk drives and more recently in non-volatile magnetic memory (MRAM: Magnetic Random Access Memory). MRAM are now entering in production at major microelectronics foundries. This marks the adoption of spin-electronics by microelectronics industry which will greatly help this technology to further mature. Moreover, besides the memory applications, this hybrid semiconductor/magnetic technology can yield a totally new approach in the way electronic circuits are designed.

Europe is positioned at the forefront of research in the field at technology readiness levels 1-4. A strong European industry on magnetic field sensors based on spintronic phenomena already exists.

Lot of opportunities exist for Europe and the number of start-ups created in the field in the past 5 years illustrates that. A consortium gathering 86 laboratories from 18 European countries called SpintronicFactory has been formed to coordinate this effort. SpintronicFactory target is to transform the European excellence in spintronics at fundamental research level into a direct benefit for European microelectronics industry. Europe should not miss this train.

The Speaker

Bernard Dieny is chief scientist at SPINTEC and head of lab at CEA Grenoble. Dieny has been conducting research in magnetism and spin electronics for 35 years. He played a key role in the pioneer work on giant magnetoresistance spin-valves which were introduced in hard disk drives in 1998. In 2001, he launched SPINTEC laboratory (spintronics and technology of components) in Grenoble. He was nominated IEEE Fellow in 2010, received the De Magny Prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 2015, and the IEEE Magnetics Society achievement award in 2018. Dieny has published 430 peer reviewed articles and filed 75 granted patents. His field of expertise covers a broad spectrum from basic research in nanomagnetism and spin-electronics to functional spintronic devices.

In 2009, Bernard Dieny received a first ERC Avanced Grant for a project called Hymagine, dedicated to the development of magnetic components and systems for the development of reprogrammable electronics, with non volatile memory with low energy consumption. In 2014, the “Magical” project – through a second ERC advanced grant - aimed to develop multifunctional magneto electronic integrated circuits particularly suitable for the Internet of Things. This project was completed by a Proof of Concept grant, which led to the creation of the Evaderis start-up dedicated to circuit design in hybrid CMOS / magnetic technology.


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