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Via a strongly innovative approach, combining materials research, novel hardware design and computation, we aim at developing neuro-bio-inspired electronic systems based on elements mimicking the function of components of the nervous system. These elements will be involved in both storage and processing of information as it is required by such an approach. Computational system architecture, based on such elements, will allow adaptations and learning at the hardware level.

Memristor is the fourth fundamental two-terminal circuit element, together with resistor, capacitor and inductor. It was predicted by Leon Chua in 1971 and took more than 30 years to be realized by HP in 2008. In this project, advanced processing architectures will be developed, exploiting the main characterisitcs of the memristor, which combines resistive and memory properties.

Date: 
Sunday, 1 September, 2013 to Wednesday, 31 August, 2016
Duration: 
36 months
Partners: 
  • Istituto dei Materiali per l'Elettronica ed il Magnetismo del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - IMEM-CNR
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Università di Trento
  • Istituto di Biofisica IBF-CNR
  • Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR
Funding: 
2.4 million euro
Unit role: 

The role of the unit will be to develop novel computational system architectures based on the use of memristors, enabling adaptations and learning capabilities at the hardware level.

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