Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures — C-SPIN

C-SPIN is a vertically integrated research center that combines experts in magnetic materials, semiconductor spintronics, circuits and architectures. C-SPIN is a vertically integrated research center that combines experts in magnetic materials, semiconductor spintronics, circuits and architectures.

C-SPIN is a world-leading center that brings together top researchers from across the nation to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems.

The center goal is to investigate ground-breaking technologies that will enable computer systems that operate using the spin of an electron, as opposed to its charge, the basis of today’s computers.

Spin-based logic and memory systems have the potential to overcome many of the limitations of conventional charge-based computer systems, which are reaching their fundamental limits.  Therefore, spin-based computers have the potential to be faster, smaller and more energy-efficient.

The center is divided into 5 research themes (See left-navigation list, this page) that address the numerous technological challenges involved in realizing such a revolutionary technology, and which range from basic materials, devices to systems and architectures.

C-SPIN is led by Prof. Jian-Ping Wang and is headquartered in the Eletrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  The center brings together 32 leading experts from 18 different universities working in a wide range of scientific disciplines. Further information in the center organization and team members can be found here.