We have investigated the current-driven magnetization reversal of exchange-biased spin-valve giant magnetoresistive nanopillars with a magnetically pinned ferromagnetic layer. Current-driven magnetization reversal of a ferromagnetic layer with a smaller MV (M: magnetization, V: volume) value is found to take place even when the layer is pinned by the exchange bias induced by an antiferromagnet. The critical current density Jc of the spin-valve nanopillar with a MnIr layer adjacent to the current-driven free layer is of the same order as that of a Co/Cu/Co nanopillar (~ 107 A cm2).
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