The Early Years
- 1988 - Giant Magnetoresistive Effect (GME) discovered by Albert Fert in France and Peter Gruenberg in Germany.
- 1989 - IBM scientists made a string of key discoveries about the "giant magnetoresistive" effect in thin-film structures.
- 1997 - first GMR (Giant magnetoresistive) Harddisk head introduced by IBM.
- 2000 - University of Buffalo get 10$ million to developr specific ferromagnetic materials for use in "spintronics
- 2001 - University of Arkansas physicists have successfully injected a stream of electrons with identical spins into a semiconductor.
- 2001 - IBM's 'Pixie Dust' Breakthrough to Quadruple Disk Drive Density
- 2002 - A new device allows the polarization (or spin) of an electron to determine the switching of the device
- 2002 - Plastic Shows Promise For Spintronics, Magnetic Computer Memory
- 2003 - Min Ouyang and David Awschalom of the University of California at Santa Barbara have transferred electron spins across molecular ‘bridges’ between quantum dots for the first time.
- February - Jing Shi and colleagues at the University of Utah in the US have made the first organic “spin valve”
- March - A family of silicon-based semiconductors that exhibit magnetic properties has been discovered.
- June - Electrical detection of the spin resonance of a single electron in a silicon field-effect transistor
- July - IBM scientists view a single electron spin with a special atomic force microscope
- November - The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and MIT's Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory have launched a 10-year program in spintronics.
- July - New Spintronic Speed Record - 2GHz MRAM devised.
- July - Discovery of 'Doping' Mechanism in Semiconductor Nanocrystals.
- January - Researchers at the University of Michigan created a computer chip based on the esoteric science of quantum mechanics.
- February - Breakthrough 1.2 Petabyte Spintronics 3.5 Disk Drive.
- July - A team of Princeton scientists has turned semiconductors into magnets by the precise placement of metal atoms within a material from which chips are made.
- July - Freescale begins selling 4-Mbit MRAM.
- September - Spin Hall effect detected at room temperature.
- February - New European Initiative To Develop Spintonics Computing Devices
- April - University of Delaware receives $1.9 million for new spintronics center
- May - First breakthrough in applying spin-based electronics to silicon
- June - UCSD Physicists Devise Viable Design For Spin-Based Electronics
- October - Nobel prize for Giant Magnetoresistance discovery
- April - IBM shows New racetrack memory technology
- June - IBM and ETH Zurich university build joint nanotech lab, with Spintronics as one of the research targets
- October - New research centre in Ohio University will work on Spintronics
- March - Scientists prove the existance of a 'spin battery'
- June - Scientists Discover Magnetic Superatoms
- September - North Carolina Stata University gets a 1.2M$ grant to work on molecular spintronics
- September - Korean researchers created the first first spin field-effect transistor
- November - Researchers manipulated and detected spin at room temperature for the first time
- December - France launches a 4.2M euro large-scale spintronics project
- October: Thermo-Spintronics chips that run on heat are possible
- October - Researchers developed a way to reliably read the spin of a single electron
- December - DARPA grants $8.4 for spin logic technology research
- January - Researchers manage to generate spin current in Graphene
- March - Researchers develop room-temperature spintronics transistors
- March - The ERC grants 1.3 million to CIC nanogune's SPINTROS project
- June - Researchers manufactured a spintronics nano-switch using self-organized magnetic molecules
- September - The University of Utah opens a new $21.5 million plasmonics and spintronics research center
- August - Non-adiabatic spin torque precisely measured for the first time
- August - IBM and ETH Zurich created a persistent spin helix for 1.1 nanoseconds
- November - Researchers develop a Graphene-based Spintronics switch
- November - A new spin amplifier can be used at room temperatures
- November - Everspin announces the world's first ST-MRAM chip, will ship in 2013
- January - SRC and DARPA grant $28 million to open a new Spintronics research center
- January - Spin information can travel much further than thought before
- June - Researchers managed to control magnetic moments in graphene
- June - Spintronics text-search chip prototype cuts power reduction by 99%
- January - The EU grants €9.7 million to a six-year Spintronics research project
- March - New thermoelectric spintronics devices can turn heat into electricity
- January - Graphene magnetism can be introduced while preserving the electronics
- April - Singapore allocates $3.7 million to support Spintronics research projects
- April - Spin-based memory cells can be trained to learn like a brain synapse
- April - £2.7 million granted for superconducting spintronics devices R&D
- June - Researchers develop a low-current solid-state spintronic device
- June - The EU's graphene flagship project kickstarts graphene spintronics research
- December - NRL researchers produce spin-filtering at room temperature