Sandia National Lab Matthew Marinalla to talk at Catalyst and visit the NL

By Max Versace | October 11, 2011

Matthew Marinella from Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, will be visiting the NL and giving a Catalyst talk on 2:15PM to 3:00PM, Tuesday October 11th, 2011 (CELEST Lounge, Room 313, 677 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02215). The talk is titled Memristor Research at Sandia: Atoms to Applications.

Dynamic random access memory (DRAM), static random access memory (SRAM), and Flash memory technologies are nearing physical scaling limits and are starting to require significant switching energy compared to other components of modern computing systems. A recent International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) report has determined that memristive (also referred to as redox) memory is one of the two most promising new memory technologies due to its unprecedented scalability, speed, pJ/bit switching energy, endurance, and retention, and has recommended that it receive increased research focus. Furthermore, the analog behavior of the memristor mimics that of the human neuron, suggesting that it has the potential to revolutionize neuromorphic computing. This presentation begins with the basic fabrication and electrical properties of the memristor, and proceeds to discuss the major effort recently undertaken to understand the physical science of tantalum oxide (TaOx) memristors. Finally, the talk addresses application oriented research efforts that explore use of memristor technology in neuromorphic and exascale computing and in radiation-hard applications. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

Matthew Marinella
Matthew Marinella received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University 2008 under Prof. Dieter Schroder. From 2008 to 2010 he was a Technology Development Device Engineer with Microchip Technology in Tempe, AZ. Since 2010 he has been a Senior Member of the Technical Staff with Sandia National Laboratories Advanced Semiconductor Device Research Group.
Dr. Marinella is currently leading the Resistive Memory (Memristor) Program at Sandia, which is researching the basic science and exploring possible uses of this technology for government applications. He is a member of the Emerging Research Device group (ERD) Working Group of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and specializes in advanced memory devices and related architectures. Dr. Marinella is also involved in research of silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power devices. He is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) and the Electrochemical Society (ECS).


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