Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Memristors – Not Just Memory

Shahar Kvatinsky, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Engineering Quadrangle B205
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm


Over the past years, new memory technologies such as RRAM, STT-MRAM, PCM etc., have emerged. These technologies, located in the metal layers of the chip, are relatively fast, dense, and power-efficient and can be considered as memristors. Usually, the use of these devices has been limited to flash, DRAM, and SRAM replacement. This talk is focused on different uses of memristors. For example, memristors can be used as new memory structures, different than the conventional memory hierarchy, opening opportunity to a new era in computer architecture – the era of Memory Intensive Computing. Memristors can also be integrated with CMOS in logic circuits. Alternatively, memristors can be used as a stand-alone logic, suitable to perform logic within the memory and provide opportunity for new computer architectures, different than classical von Neumann.


Shahar Kvatinsky is a Ph.D. candidate at the Electrical Engineering Department at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his B.Sc. in computer engineering and applied physics, and an MBA at 2009 and 2010, respectively, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to his Ph.D. studies he worked for Intel in circuit design. His research is focused on memristor-based circuits and architectures under the supervision of Prof. Uri Weiser, Prof. Avinoam Kolodny, and Prof. Eby Friedman.