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Information Storage & Spintronics - ELE00100M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Atsufumi Hirohata
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce the fundamental concepts that underpin information storage
  • To explain the principles of semiconductor storage and memories
  • To explain the principles of magnetic recording
  • To explain the principles of optical recording media
  • To identify the limitations of the current storage technologies
  • To explore candidates for next-generation storage technologies

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesising new information based on researched information and writing concise technical reports appropriate for the target audience

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to explain the fundamental principles of information and information storage: Moore's law, von Neumann's model, bits and bytes, binary numbers, conversion, logical conjunctions, adders and subtractors
  • Understand primary memories and hierarchy: Cache, register, racetrack memory, cloud and RAID
  • Understand the principles of operation of solid-state memories: DRAM, flash, SRAM, MRAM, FeRAM, PRAM and ReRAM
  • Understand the physical principles of magnetic storage (magnetic tape, drum/core/bubble memory, floppy/hard disks, energy-assisted recording) and optical storage (CD, MO, DVD and blue-ray discs)
  • Be able to differentiate between memories and storage

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct concise technical reports that critically evaluate and synthesise new information based on research, appropriate for the target audience

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Individual Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Individual Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on reports will be provided within six weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

“Magnetic Recording Technology”, Denis Mee and Eric Daniel, McGRAW-HILL, 1995, ISBN 0-07-041276-6
“The Physical Principles of Magneto-Optical Recording”. Masud Mansuripur, Cambridge University Press. 1998, ISBN 0 521 63418 0



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