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Recent Advances in Emerging STT-MRAM Memory
Dr. Rajiv Ranjan
CTO / Founder / Director, Avalanche Technology, Inc.

Glasgow East-104, NPS
Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 at 11:00  12:00

New product applications for consumer, compute and mobile devices have an increasing demand for a non-volatile memory (NVM) exhibiting higher speeds, extended endurance and lower power consumption as existing solutions are not fully capable to deliver on all of these attributes. Recent progress in the NVM memory space and their key attributes will be presented. Of the group of new NVMs, Phase-change RAM (PRAM), Field-switching MRAM (Field-MRAM), Resistive RAM (RRAM) and Spin-torque based MRAM (STT-MRAM), STT-MRAM has the most attractive combination of fast read and write speed (<10ns) and high endurance (>1014) along with non-volatility. of the emerging NVMs, MRAM clearly stands out especially for Military applications due to its RadHard properties. Key recent developments in the MRAM memory technology are highlighted.

In addition, the product positioning of the spin-torque MRAM is discussed. While it is currently being targeted for stand-alone commodity memory (replacing DRAM and  flash) as well as embedded memory (replacing embedded Flash in MCU and embedded SRAM and embedded DRAM ), new market applications such as solid state drives and embedded solutions in advanced System-on-Chips (SoCs) are also being explored.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ranjan co-founded and has served as Chief Technology Officer at Avalanche Technology since August 2006. Prior, Dr. Ranjan served as the Executive Director of R&D at Seagate where he led the technology development which fueled a doubling of revenue to over $10B. His technology pioneering efforts have led to the productization of low-noise media perpendicular media and laser texturing. These technologies are now widely used in storage devices which revolutionized the data storage industry. Dr. Ranjan was recognized by both the United States Congress and the Prime Minister of India for his outstanding research in the field of magnetic recording, where he holds over 75 patents. Prior, he directed Komag.s R&D team, which under his direction pioneered the granular and oriented media technology enabling revenue grow to over $600M. Dr. Ranjan received his PhD. in Material Science and Engineering from Iowa State University on a full United States Department of Energy scholarship. He received the prestigious SIMS-86 award from the Instrument Society of America for his design of a transducer for magneto-acoustic detection. Rajiv graduated from the India Institute of Technology, Kharagpur as a Silver medalist in the field of Metallurgical Engineering. He has published over 60 papers in the magnetic recording field and has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University on magnetic recording technologies.


SPARCCS Smartphone-Assisted Readiness, Command and Control System

Gurminder Singh

Watkins Hall Rooms 275/285, NPS
Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 at 1200 

Abstract
SPARCCS Smartphone-Assisted Readiness, Command, and Control System - uses smartphones in conjunction with cloud computing to support distributed response to HA/DR (Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response) and military missions. SPARCCS enables real-time situational awareness among distributed teams of first responders while simultaneously ensuring that the command centers receive accurate, up-to-date reports from the field.

 

Bio
Dr. Gurminder Singh - Gurminder Singh is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Mobile Devices and Communications at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), CA. His primary area of focus is wireless and handheld device technology. He is currently involved in research in Mobile Devices and Wireless Sensor Networks. Prior to NPS, he was the President and CEO of NewsTakes, Inc., a company specializing in repurposing of multimedia content for delivery to wireless networks and devices. He has been involved in this area for the last 10 years. Prior to NewsTakes, Dr. Singh was Director at the Kent Ridge Digital Lab (now I2R) where his responsibilities included strategic directions for research, management of research staff, and commercialization of intellectual property. He led an R&D lab focused on a variety of research themes including video and audio processing, PDAs for students, and online learning communities for children. His lab contributed significantly to the formation of the MPEG-7 standard. As a senior researcher in the lab, he was deeply involved with research in networked media, user interface software, and networked virtual worlds.

Dr. Singh has helped mentor and spin-off several start-ups in wireless, internet and multimedia in recent years. He has been on the management and advisory boards of start-up companies, and has advised companies and VCs on business plans, intellectual property issues, and management teams.

Dr. Singh has been involved with ACM and IEEE for many years in organizing conferences, editing special issues of journals, and publishing in their journals. He has published extensively and edited special issues of the Communications of ACM, ACM Transactions on CHI, IEEE Multimedia and ACM Multimedia Systems etc. Prof. Singh founded the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 1994 and co-chaired VRST 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, Canada. 

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