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Memristors and Memristive Systems

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Memristive Devices: Switching Effects, Modeling, and Applications

  • Yuchao YangAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
  • , Ting ChangAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
  • , Wei LuAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan Email author 

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Abstract

The rapid, exponential growth of modern electronics has brought about profound changes to our daily lives. However, maintaining the growth trend now faces significant challenges at both the fundamental and practical levels [1]. Possible solutions include More Moore—developing new, alternative device structures, and materials while maintaining the same basic computer architecture, and More Than Moore—enabling alternative computing architectures and hybrid integration to achieve increased system functionality without trying to push the devices beyond limits. In particular, an increasing number of computing tasks today are related to handling large amounts of data, e.g. image processing as an example. Conventional von Neumann digital computers, with separate memory and processer units, become less and less efficient when large amount of data have to be moved around and processed quickly. Alternative approaches such as bio-inspired neuromorphic circuits, with distributed computing and localized storage in networks, become attractive options [2–6].