Researchers from Intel and the University of California in Berkeley developed a new scalable spintronics logic deice, which they magneto-electric spin-orbit (MESO) logic device that offers dramatic improvement over current CMOS technology.

MESO architecture, Intel & UCB

Intel says that MESO based logic, compared to CMOS, will offer a superior switching energy (by a factor of 10 to 30), lower switching voltage (by a factor of 5), an enhanced logic density (by a factor of 5) and ultra low standby power (due to the non-volatility of the spin-based device).

The new device operates via spin–orbit transduction, or the coupling of an electron’s angular momentum with its linear momentum, combined with magnetoelectric switching. The researchers use advanced quantum materials, especially correlated oxides and topological states of matter, for the collective switching and detection in the MESO device.