Spin-Hall effect MRAM based cache memory: A feasibility study

Jongyeon Kim, Bill Tuohy, Cong Ma, Won Ho Choi, Ibrahim Ahmed, David Lilja, Chris H. Kim

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One of the key objectives of STT-MRAM research has been on minimizing switching current while maintaining the required nonvolatility. To address this challenge, non-traditional MRAMs based on novel switching mechanisms have been proposed. In particular, spin-Hall effect (SHE) which utilizes large spin currents generated in the direction transverse to the charge current have been recently drawing attention [1]. Despite early promises such as lower switching current by means of efficient spin generation (i.e. Ispin/Icharge>100%) and longer device lifetime owing to the decoupled read and write paths, there is still a lack of a comprehensive study for benchmarking SHE-MRAM against other memory technologies. In this work, we explore the trade-off points across different levels of design abstraction (i.e. device, circuit, and architecture) to evaluate the feasibility of SHE-MRAM for large on-die cache memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication73rd Annual Device Research Conference, DRC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781467381345
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015
Event73rd Annual Device Research Conference, DRC 2015 - Columbus, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2015Jun 24 2015

Publication series

NameDevice Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC
ISSN (Print)1548-3770


Conference73rd Annual Device Research Conference, DRC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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