26 September 2016 Layer coupling and read disturbances in a buffered magnetic logic environment
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There are two major obstacles impeding computing systems from further advancements: The power dissipation due to leakage and the energy spent for the information transfer between memory and processor(s). The first issue is commonly handled by shutting down unused circuit parts, however, when the dormant circuits are turned on again, their previous state must be recovered. This is commonly realized by retrieving the required information from the memory, which exacerbates the limited bandwidth between memory and processor(s). In order to circumvent these limitations, we have proposed a non-volatile buffered magnetic logic grid with instant-on capability. Non-volatile magnetic flip flops and spin-transfer torque majority gates are combined to a compact regular structure, which enables a small layout foot print as well as it guarantees the reduction of the information transfer due to a shared buffer. In the proposed structure the information is passed from one magnetic layer to another by first running a current through the magnetic layer to be read, which subsequently generates a magnetization orientation encoded spin-transfer torque, when the polarized electron spins enter the next layer. Since the current passing through the junction also exerts a spin-transfer torque on the read layer, its magnetization orientation could be destabilized which might cause a read disturbance. However, during our simulations it was also found out that the stray fields of neighboring layers have a non-negligible influence on the proposed copy operation. In this work we investigate these potential read disturbances in detail for a 2-bit shift register for varying stray field strength by changing the thickness of the interconnection layer. We found that for closer proximity the acting stray fields not only stabilize but also speed up the copy procedure, while for increasing interconnection layer thickness oscillating domain walls are formed and the copy operation becomes unreliable.
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Thomas Windbacher, Thomas Windbacher, Alexander Makarov, Alexander Makarov, Viktor Sverdlov, Viktor Sverdlov, Siegfried Selberherr, Siegfried Selberherr, "Layer coupling and read disturbances in a buffered magnetic logic environment", Proc. SPIE 9931, Spintronics IX, 99312M (26 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236151; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2236151

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