Memristor-CMOS Analog Co-Processor for Efficient Computation of PDEs

Period of Performance: 03/30/2016 - 12/31/2016

$150K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Spero Devices, Inc.
43 Nagog Park, Suite 200 Array
Acton, MA 01720
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Massachusetts
Research Administration Building
Amherst, MA 01003
Institution POC

Abstract

Spero Devices is proposing design of a memristor-CMOS co-processor to implement analog Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFTs). The analog co-processor invokes spectral methods to solve a class of linear and non-linear partial differential equations (PDEs) arising in the scientific simulation of complex systems. Current PDE solution methods are inefficient and often intractable due to limitations associated with discrete variable encoding and serial processing. The proposed analog co-processor will provide over two orders of magnitude improvement in computational latency and power consumption. The memristor devices in the analog co-processor are able to change and remember their resistance state, which has important implications for analog DFT realization since memristor devices can program DFT coefficients and perform vector matrix multiplication (VMM) with the input signals.