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TUS Faculty Receives FY2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the MEXT Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category)

2017.04.19 Wednesday


Professor Takayuki Kawahara of the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at TUS, Riichiro Takemura (Hitachi, Ltd.), and Hideo Ono (Tohoku University) have been awarded the FY2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category).

This award aims to contribute to improvement of science and technology standards in Japan through increasing the volition of people engaged in science and technology, by praising the achievements of those who have gathered outstanding results in research and development, promotion of understanding, etc. related to science and technology.
The award for Science and Technology (Development Category) is given to individuals and groups who have made revolutionary research and development or an invention that contributes to the development of the socioeconomics and the life of the people in Japan, and that is actually being utilized, or to individuals who have fostered such persons.

Professor Kawahara et al. have utilized the refinement potential of the STT method (rewriting with spin polarized current) and were the first to develop a circuit technology for necessary memory (RAM). They were highly regarded for opening up a path to commercialization of large capacity, nonvolatile RAM. The technology that they developed became the standard for subsequent research and development throughout the world.
These research results will contribute to significant power saving of IoT/mobile devices, computers, and deep learning, and broadly to artificial intelligence (AI) servers as well.

Profile of Professor Takayuki Kawahara