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A pathway to neuromorphic computing and nonvolatile memory applications

In a study published in ACS Nano, researchers show the potential of ultraporous materials in neuromorphic computing.

Scientific Achievement

Sequential infiltration synthesis was used to demonstrate ultraporous (>70%) aluminum oxide dielectrics for non-volatile memories with unprecedented combinations of ultrahigh on/off ratio (>109) and ultralow operating voltage (±600 mV).

Significance and Impact

These findings show the use of an ultraporous material as a pathway for devices that are promising for neuromorphic computing and nonvolatile memory elements.

Research Details

  • Tests demonstrated fast switching, pulsed endurance for up to one million cycles, and high temperature retention up to 104 seconds.
  • Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) capabilities included the Carbon high performance computing cluster, transmission electron microscopy, electron beam lithography and photolithography.

Work was performed in part at the CNM.


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