Student Research Spotlight - Ayokunle Fadamiro
Ayokunle Fadamiro won second place in the category, University-Wide Graduate Student Winners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, during the 2020 Auburn Research: Virtual Student Symposium.
Hometown: Ondo Town, Ondo, Nigeria
Major and degree: Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering
College: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Class year: 2020
Faculty mentors: Spencer Millican and Christopher Harris
A Practical Quaternary FPGA Architecture Using Floating Gate Memories
What are you researching?
My research is about Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), which are basically a collection of “reconfigurable digital circuits.” The major advantage of these “reconfigurable digital circuits” is that they can be reprogrammed by consumers after fabrication.
With consumer demands outgrowing what technology scaling for binary (2-state) logic circuits can deliver, quaternary (4-state) logic has been proposed to improve performance. I applied quaternary logic in the design of a proposed FPGA architecture and compared its performance with other equivalent FPGA architectures. My simulated and projected results reveal impressive area, power density performances for the proposed architecture.
How could the results benefit individuals, agencies or companies?
My research shows quaternary logic-based FPGAs can perform better than binary logic-based equivalents, and save a substantial amount of power, area and speed. These benefits necessitate further research in the development of quaternary circuits. Ultimately, applying quaternary logic can enable the design of faster, smaller electronic devices that require less power; thereby, providing more profit for manufacturers and better satisfaction for customers.
Tell us why you enjoy research.
For me, it’s mostly about the thrill of researching, coming up with something innovative and improving on it till a potential game changer emerges. I really enjoy working with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, too, which is a bonus for me.
What advice would you give to other students considering doing a research project?
From my experience, a big chunk of being successful as a research student is finding a way to remain passionate about what you do. That passion will keep you going in tough “research times.” I don't think I can overstate how important it is to work smart and not hard, and do it in a timely manner. Maintain a good grip on your research time and progress; every day matters.
Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
I enjoy graphics design, music production and workouts in my free time. I also spend a lot of time writing and listening to audio books.