Sprintronics promises 'Memorable' advancements
Jun 30, 2005
Spintronics, the pioneering new technology wherein both the charge and spin of an electron is used to carry information, is generating great excitement in the world of technology for its immense potential in a wide variety of applications.
"The first applications of spintronics having been demonstrated, there is tremendous interest in the development of the next spintronics device coupled with the hope that it could foster a new revolution," remarks Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sivakumar Muthuramalingam.
Spintronics truly gained traction with the discovery of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in the 1980s. One of the earliest spin phenomena studied extensively, GMR leads the way toward the commercialization of spintronics with GMR sensors holding a bulk of the market share in commercial hard disk drives.
Perhaps spintronics' biggest potential lies in embedded memories. Nonvolatile memory devices such as magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) will revolutionize the memory market and contribute to the development of sophisticated and versatile computing and personal devices. Promising to introduce innovations such as instantly bootable computers, MRAM looks poised for resounding success.