Spin Wave Circuit Design

A.N.N. Mahmoud

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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CMOS downscaling has provided the means to efficiently process the huge raw data resulted from the information technology revolution. However, this becomes more difficult because of leakage, reliability, and cost walls. To keep the pace with the exploding market needs at affordable cost, novel alternative technologies are under investigation; one of them is Spin Wave (SW), which is the collective excitation of the electron spins in the ferromagnetic materials. SW stands apart as one of the most promising avenues because of its ultra-low energy consumption and high scalability. This thesis: a) develops and designs spin wave based logic gates and circuits, and b) investigates the requirements for spin wave technology to outperform CMOS technology from energy efficiency point of view.
Logic gate: SW circuit design requires the availability of SW logic gates to possess fan-out capabilities. Therefore, we propose and validate novel fan-out enabled spin wave logic gates including (N)AND, (N)OR, X(N)OR, and majority gates. In addition, we present and validate novel n-bit multi-frequency data parallel spin wave logic gates, i.e., SWs with different frequencies propagate in the same waveguide while interfering with similar frequency SWs only. Moreover, we examine a SW 3-input Majority gate working under continuous and pulse mode operation regimes. Furthermore, we present and validate how pulse mode operation enables Wave Pipelining (WP) within SW.
Circuits: We develop, design, and validate three major circuits; namely an adder, a multiplier, and a compressor. These make use of SW gate cascading. Firstly, we introduce and validate SW accurate and approximate full adders; the approximate full adder consumes 55% less energy than the accurate full adder but it has 25% error rate making it suitable for error tolerant applications. We also propose a non-binary SW computing paradigm which we use to build a non-binary SW adder. Then we develop SW accurate and approximate 4:2 compressor; the approximate compressor consumes 46% less energy than the accurate compressor but it has 31% error rate. Finally, we design 2-bit inputs accurate and approximate multiplier; the approximate multiplier consumes 64% less energy than the accuratemultiplier but it has 25% error rate.
SW Technology Requirements: We are interested in assessing the technological development horizon that needs to be reached to make SW circuits outperform CMOS counterparts in terms of energy efficiency. We performace reverse engineering alike analysis to determine transducer delay and power consumption upper bounds that can place SW circuits in the leading position. To this end, we compute the maximum transducer delay and power consumption of a 32-bit Brent-Kung adder that could potentially enable a SW implementation able to outperform its 7 nm CMOS counterpart. Our evaluations indicate that 31nW is the maximum transducer power consumption for which a 32-bit Brent-Kung SW implementation can outperform its 7nm CMOS counterpart in term of energy efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Hamdioui, S., Supervisor
  • Cotofana, S.D., Supervisor
Award date14 Jun 2022
Print ISBNs978-94-6419-525-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Spin wave
  • Logic Gate
  • Circuit design
  • Fanout
  • Cascading
  • Adder
  • Multiplier
  • Accurate computing
  • Approximate computing
  • Digital computing
  • Analog computing
  • Parallelism
  • Wavepipelining
  • Energy
  • Area


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