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York University Researcher Honoured

University of York

7:24pm 16th April 2013

The Royal Society has awarded a York researcher a fellowship to help strengthen links between academia and industry.

Dr Atsufumi Hirohata, from York’s Department of Electronics, has received one of eight new Royal Society Industry Fellowships, awarded to academics who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and to scientists in industry who want to work on projects with an academic organisation.

Dr Hirohata’s project is to work on the development of an on-chip racetrack memory using exchange-biased pinning with the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL).

He said: “The ideal semiconductor memory for future silicon integrated circuits unifies the qualities of the different memory technologies available today. A racetrack memory is the next-generation solid-state memory proposed by IBM.

“This project will enable me to focus on demonstrating this new memory architecture with access to the characterisation and on-chip implementation facilities in the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. This will encourage the exchange between York and HCL and further strengthen the relationship.

“The project therefore provides a great opportunity for my research group to work with a world-leading industry partner."

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme provides each scientist’s basic salary for the duration of their secondment, which lasts for up to two years full-time or four years part-time.


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