【2010-10-05】Memory: the Semiconductor Technology & Innovation Driver

Poster:Post date:2010-09-23

Title: Memory: the Semiconductor Technology & Innovation Driver
Prof. Tong Zhang (Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Dept. ,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Time10:00-12:00, Oct 05 (Tue), 2010
Place: 台大電機二館105室

As the computing industry is entering the multi-/many-core era, pervasive mobile devices are undergoing voice-centric to data-centric transition, and world-wide blossoming data centers are enabling a new data-intensive computing paradigm, memory and data storage will play increasingly important role in determining the speed, power, and cost performance of numerous computing and communication systems. This trend has positioned solid-state memory as a spotlight of the global semiconductor industry and the driver for semiconductor technology scaling. Past decade has experienced tremendous commercial growth of flash memory technology from consumer to personal and enterprise computing, and significant progress of several emerging solid-state memory technologies such as spin-torque transfer memory (STT-RAM) and phase-change memory (PCRAM). In addition, three-dimensional (3D) integration is becoming a technically and economically viable technology that can vertically stack and interconnect several active device planes, which can further improve memory system performance beyond technology scaling. How to most effectively harness these technology trends still faces a variety of challenges, which provides many exciting opportunities to pursue innovative inter-disciplinary research. At Rensselaer, we have been actively working in this broad research area, and in this talk I will review our recent and on-going inter-disciplinary research activities, including (1) development of 3D memory architecture and investigation of 3D processor-memory integration, (2) application of emerging memory technologies to enable energy-efficient signal processing implementation on reconfigurable architectures, and (3) application of information theory and signal processing to improve NAND flash memory system performance and push its scalability envelope.

Tong Zhang is an associate professor in Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his BS and MS from the Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1995 and 1998, and his PhD the University of Minnesota in 2002. He joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002. He co-authored over 100 refereed papers in the areas of memory circuits and systems, VLSI signal processing, and computer architecture. He has graduated 7 PhD students who are all now working in leading-edge semiconductor and IC companies in the U.S. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - II and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He is a member of IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committee on VLSI Systems and Applications, and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committee on Circuits and Systems for Communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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