UK researchers (from the University of Surrey and two more institutes) have been awared a 430,000GBP (around 700K$), 3-year grant to develop silicon structures for spintronic semiconductors. This is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the National Science Foundation of China

The project could lead to cheaper and more sophisticated computer processing technologies.While silicon has not been the material of choice for spintronic research, the team says exploration of silicon based platforms is important due to the potential for exploiting an extremely pure material and the far cheaper and more sophisticated processing technologies available.
The project will focus on manipulating electron spins with laser beams will look to build a prototype device.