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Next-gen computing inspired by biology

Inspired by how mammals see, a new memristor computer circuit prototype developed by Prof. Wei Lu has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude faster and with much less power than todays most advanced systems. [Full Story]
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New Computer Chips That See Data Will Enable Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Drawing inspiration from how mammalian brains process sight, Prof. Wei Lu has found a way to mimic the functions of biological neural networks on a next-gen memristor chip. [Full Story]
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Neuromorphic Chips Offer Neural Networks That Actually Work Like the Brain

Engineers at the University of Michigan are onto something rather more brainlike, however, with help from a peculiar electrical component known as a memristor. They've developed a new "sparse coding" algorithm that uses grids of memristors to approximate the pattern recognition abilities of mammalian brains. [Full Story]
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Memristor Research Highlights Neuromorphic Device Future

Professor Wei Lu is leading an effort to make neuromorphic processor technology a reality. Lus group is focusing on the memristors a two-terminal device that essentially is a resistor with memory that retain its stored data even when turned off that can act like synapses to build computers that can act like the human brain and drive machine learning. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Brain   Memristor   

Wei Lu Receives CoE David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award

Prof. Wei Lu received the 2016-2017 David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering for his contributions to computing systems with his memristors, neuromorphic circuits, and RRAM.Prof. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in the development of memristors for memory and logic applications. He has also developed nanowire transistors suitable for flexible electronics and optoelectornics, and conducts research into other emerging electrical devices. [Full Story]
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Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  LNF   Najafi, Khalil   Peterson, Becky (R. L.)   

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Gets a New Director

Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]
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Leaders in Neuroscience Look to the Future

Engineers and neuroscientists from around the globe gathered at Michigan to explore the future of neurotechnology and research at the International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN). Understanding the complexity and mysteries of the brain is one of the biggest scientific challenges of this century. ICAN is an inaugural conference to bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools to move neuroscience forward, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community. The event included guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as a student poster session. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain   International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology   MEMS and Microsystems   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Wise, Kensall   Yoon, Euisik   

Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger

As tiny embedded computers spread to every item in the home and beyond - fast, reliable memory is needed on an unheard-of scale. To fuel this ongoing revolution, Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded the company Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni   Embedded Computing and Systems   Entrepreneurship   Internet of Things   LNF   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   

Designing Machines - Can we create machines who learn like we do?

Technology certainly seems smart now - phones listen and talk, computers interpret images and video - but in spite of that, the field of artificial intelligence might best be described as a hot mess: an assortment of intriguing pieces that have yet to be integrated into a truly intelligent system. This article in looks at some of those pieces and how they might fit together. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Laird, John   Lee, Honglak   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

Four ECE Faculty Selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards

Four ECE faculty are recipients of CoE Awards: Prof. Jay Guo for Research Excellence; Prof. Stephane Lafortune for Service Excellence, Prof. Mingyan Liu for Education Excellence; and Prof. Wei Lu for Innovation Excellence. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay   Lafortune, Stephane   Liu, Mingyan   

Prof. Wei Lu Publishes Book on Semiconductor Nanowires

Prof. Wei Lu has published the book, Semiconductor Nanowires : From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy. This is the first book dedicated to Semiconductor Nanowires and provides a resource for researchers working in the area, those new to the field, and for individuals interested in commercial applications. [Full Story]
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Student Spotlight: Patrick Sheridan - Memristors and the Brain

Patrick is at the frontier of developing memristor devices for neuromorphic computing as a member of Prof. Wei Lus nanoelectronics research group. Taking inspiration from the brain, we look at how neurons are interconnected and share signals, and then we try to replicate that with our memristive devices, said Patrick, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. [Full Story]
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3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David   Sylvester, Dennis   Technology Transfer   Wentzloff, David   

Metal particles in memristors do not stay put

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and RRAM, cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions, researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought. The findings have broad implications for the semiconductor industry and beyond. They show, for the first time, exactly how some memristors remember. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

CROSSBAR Closes Series C Funding of $25M; Oversubscribed Round Validates Companys Readiness to Scale

Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series C funding in an oversubscribed round. The company was co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, who also acts as Chief Scientist. [Full Story]
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Taking a step toward a machine that can think

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Nanotechnology and Progress: A Quantum Entanglement

In this brief overview of nanotechnology research in ECE, well look at how research at the nanoscale is impacting lighting, medicine, displays, electronics, information security and the far-out world of quantum computing. Our faculty are also looking into how to manufacture these devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab   Electronic devices   Energy Science and Engineering   Forrest, Stephen   Graphene   Guo, L. Jay   Health   Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)   LEDs   Lasers   MEMS and Microsystems   Memristor   Metamaterials   Norris, Theodore B.   Optics and Photonics   Peterson, Becky (R. L.)   Phillips, Jamie D.   Quantum Science and Technology   Solar Cell Technology   Steel, Duncan   Yoon, Euisik   Zhong, Zhaohui   

DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor

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Image processing 1,000 times faster is goal of new $5M contract

Loosely inspired by a biological brain's approach to making sense of visual information, Prof. Wei Lu is leading a project to build alternative computer hardware that could process images and video 1,000 times faster with 10,000 times less power than today's systems, all without sacrificing accuracy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael   Integrated Circuits and VLSI   LNF   Memristor   Sensors   Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Zhang, Zhengya   

Faster, more powerful mobile devices: U-M startup Crossbar could disrupt the memory market

Crossbar, Inc., co-founded in 2010 by Prof. Wei Lu, announced its emergence from stealth mode after its recent development of a working Crossbar memory array at a commercial fab. With its improvements in speed, power consumption, and endurance combined with half the die size, Crossbar is expected to enable a new wave of electronics innovation for consumer, enterprise, mobile, industrial and connected device applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Memristor   Technology Transfer   

ReRAM Startup Bets on Silver

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Crossbar takes on DRAM and flash storage...

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Crossbar Enters Race to Change Memory Chips

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Mighty Mobile: A Supercomputer in Your Pocket

The College of Engineering has highlighted work in the department on technologies under development at Michigan that will continue to enable the mobile computing revolution. See their digital multimedia experience here. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Austin, Todd   Blaauw, David   Computer Architecture   Mobile Computing   Mudge, Trevor   Papaefthymiou, Marios   Sylvester, Dennis   Wenisch, Thomas   

Computers that mimic the brain thanks to memristors (video)

Prof. Wei Lu and graduate student Patrick Sheridan talk about their research developing a new type of electronic switch that mimics the behavior of a biological neuron in the human brain. Resulting computers can learn without being programmed. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain   Electronic devices   LNF   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   

2013 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2013 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are David Blaauw, Wei Lu, and Z. Morley Mao. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   

Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains

In a step toward computers that mimic the parallel processing of complex biological brains, researchers from HRL Labs and Prof. Wei Lu's group have built a type of artificial synapse. They have demonstrated the first functioning memristor array stacked on a CMOS circuit. Memristors combine the functions of memory and logic like the synapses of biological brains. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   LNF   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   

Next-generation computer memory firm receives U-Ms first startup investment

With the help of the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups (MINTS) program, Prof. Wei Lu and his company, Crossbar, Inc., are developing technology to dramatically enhance the global memory storage industry. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices   Memristor   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology   Technology Transfer   

2011 EECS Promotions

Congratulations Robert Dick, Tony Grbic, Jay Guo, Wei Lu, Scott Mahlke, Dragomir Radev, and Martin Strauss on your recent promotions! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert   Grbic, Anthony   Guo, L. Jay   Mahlke, Scott   Radev, Dragomir   Strauss, Martin   

Wei Lu Receives CAREER Award

Wei Lu received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "Understanding, Development and Applications of Nanoscale Memristor Devices." [Full Story]
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Prof. Lus memristor chip could lead to faster, cheaper computers

Prof. Wei Lu is an ECE faculty member who created a computer component with the potential to transform the semiconductor industry, enabling smaller, faster, cheaper chips and computers. [Full Story]
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Wei Lu talks about whats next after silicon

In a New Scientist article about the new frontier in microelectronics, Prof. Lu describes the crossbar array technology, which he champions. This technology is modeled after nature's method of building structures from atoms, and can be used to build high performance memory and logic circuits even beyond transistor scaling.
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