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 Themes10 Universities103 Students29 Faculty Researchers32 Liaison Personnel
This Year3 Research Publications
Last Year244 Research Publications7 Patent Applications1 Patents Granted
Since Inception4 Research Themes11 Universities187 Students33 Faculty Researchers40 Liaison Personnel876 Research Publications7 Patent Applications1 Patents Granted