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Kris Campbell

Kris Campbell continues to make news with her memristor fabrication techniques. An article by Campbell coming out in next month’s Microelectronics Journal describes electrical properties of a type of memristor referred to as a self-directed channel (SDC) memristor. This research into how the SDC device operates led Campbell to develop a new SDC-based memristor for the New Mexico-based startup company Knowm.

Campbell began working with Knowm in 2013 to design a memristor for its AHaH node computing application. Over the last couple of years, Knowm has licensed four different memristor device types from Boise State. Campbell applied device material and structure modifications for each device type in order to achieve specific electrical properties for Knowm’s applications. Knowm now offers each device type for sale and has developed a test board and application development kit for memristor device testing. Read more about Knowm in Electronic Design’s Dec. 5 article, “Passive Components Get Active.”

Knowm continues its collaboration with Boise State, recently launching a new initiative to evolve back-end-of-line (BEOL) processing so that its memristors can be fabricated on CMOS ICs for researchers worldwide. Using the recently enhanced facilities in the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory (IML) at Boise State, Campbell began BEOL development with the help of IML Director Peter Miranda. Knowm eventually will move work to a startup fabrication facility with the hope that readily available memristive technology will help jump-start the neuromemristive computing era.

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