Magnetic tunnel junction-based spin register for nonvolatile integrated circuits

Yanfeng Jiang, Jonathan D. Harms, Jian Ping Wang

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A magnetic tunnel junction-based register with separate read and write paths is proposed in this paper. Analysis of the operation of the circuit is performed, and methods for determining the key parameters of the device are presented. The simulation of the circuit is performed in Verilog-A, and the simulation results demonstrate the operational characteristics of the circuit. This new spin-based flip flop offers a 23% reduction in the number of devices and a 23.6% reduction in its dissipated power when compared with a pure CMOS implementation with the added benefit of nonvolatility. A 4-b shifter based on the proposed spin register is presented, too.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6293873
Pages (from-to)2917-2923
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2012

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received May 8, 2012; revised June 26, 2012; accepted July 24, 2012. Date of publication August 31, 2012; date of current version October 18, 2012. This work was supported in part by the University of Minnesota and in part by CSC-2009. The review of this paper was arranged by Editor W. Tsai.

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  • Magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ)
  • nonvolatile
  • spin register


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