SONIC will be guided by the following mission: To enable equivalent scaling in beyond-CMOS nanoscale fabrics by embracing their statistical attributes within statistical-inference-based applications, architectures, and circuits, to achieve unprecedented levels of robustness and energy efficiency.
SONIC will achieve that mission by structuring its research agenda to employ three top-down systems-driven themes (Themes 1, 2, and 3) complemented by an experimental bottom-up hybrid devices and circuits theme (Theme 4).
Theme 1 (Stochastic Information Processing Systems) employs a unique, communications-inspired approach to nanoscale information processing and brings together the three seminal inventions of the information age (computing, communications, and semiconductors) to effect a fundamental transformation of the discipline of computing, taking it from a von Neumann manipulation of bits to an integrated processing of information.
Theme 2 (Information-based Mixed-signal Interfaces) emphasizes information as the metric of interest, rather than waveform preservation, in order to discover a process-scalable foundation for analog mixed-signal circuits and systems, and place analog circuits on par with their digital counterparts in terms of scaling.
Theme 3 (Cognitive Information Processing Systems) takes a unique approach of engaging neuroscientists, system architects, and circuit/device researchers, and has the potential to overcome the limitations of existing neuromorphic techniques to approach the brain’s energy efficiency and robustness by employing the power of higher-level learning, cognition, and statistical inference.
Theme 4 (Nanofunctions and Nanoprimitives) focuses on design of nanofunctions and nanoprimitives (rather than pure device research) and will accelerate the deployment of beyond-CMOS nanoscale fabrics.
Current4 Research Themes8 Universities79 Students24 Faculty Researchers29 Industry Associate Personnel
This Year86 Research Publications2 Patent Applications
Last Year4 Theme Starts119 Research Publications1 Patent Applications
Since Inception4 Research Themes9 Universities105 Students26 Faculty Researchers30 Industry Associate Personnel205 Research Publications2 Patent Applications