EU Funds €4M Project to Develop Power Efficient Ferrosynaptic Computing

Graphic illustration from BeFerroSynaptic website

Graphic illustration from BeFerroSynaptic website © BeFerroSynaptic

HZB Institute Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient IT of Prof. Catherine Dubourdieu helped to secure funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for a multi-lateral project.

The project involves several scientific and industrial partners, including IBM Research Europe (Zurich) and X-FAB Dresden. It started on 1 January 2020 and will run for three years. HZB will receive a share of 10.2% out of the total funding of €4 million. More information can be found on the consortium’s webpage www.beferrosynaptic.eu.

The ultimate goal of BeFerroSynaptic is to develop a technology platform based on back-end-of-line (BEOL) integrated ferroelectric HfO2-based synaptic devices to tackle the challenges of next generation electronic devices. Our attempt is to demonstrate the feasibility of its adoption in an extremely energy-efficient neuromorphic computing architecture that goes far beyond the conventional CMOS paradigm.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme call  H2020-ICT-2018-2020 under grant agreement no. 871737.

Paul Harten