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From Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics: Introducing Nanotechnology to VLSI Curricula

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

New Trends in ECE Education

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Electrical and Computer

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22.730.1 - 22.730.9



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Xingguo Xiong University of Bridgeport

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Xingguo Xiong is an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT 06604. His research areas include Microelectromechanical System (MEMS), nanotechnology, as well as VLSI design and testing. He has two patents, and published 49 conference/journal papers. He is also the recipient of 2009 Northeast ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Linfeng Zhang University of Bridgeport

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Dr. Linfeng Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bridgeport, CT. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Dalian University of Technology, China, and Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University, MI. His research interests include thin-film device fabrication and characterization, controls, and sustainable energy.

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Lawrence V. Hmurcik University of Bridgeport

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Lawrence V. Hmurcik is Professor and Chairman of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. He earned his Ph.D. in semiconductor devices at Clarkson University in 1980.He worked in Diamond Shamrock's research division for 3 years before joining the University of Bridgeport in 1983. Dr. Hmurcik has 45 publications and 5 grants. He is also a professional consultant with 240 case entries, including 14 appearances in Court and Legal Depositions. Dr. Hmurcik's interests have changed over the years: starting in Solar Cell technology in 1977, Dr. Hmurcik is currently pursuing work in Medical Electronics and Electric Safety.

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Navarun Gupta University of Bridgeport

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Dr. Navarun Gupta received his Ph.D. from Florida International University in Miami. He has two master’s degrees – one in Physics from Georgia State University and another in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University. Currently, Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Bridgeport. He is also the Associate Department Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University. Dr. Gupta’s research interests lie in nanotechnology, signal processing, and its applications in audio and bio signals.

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From Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics – Introducing Nanotechnology to VLSI CurriculaTraditional VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) technology has enabledcomputers and information technology (IT) which brought revolutionary changes tomodern society. VLSI products brought great convenience to our everyday work,study and life, such as PCs, cellphones, PDAs, iPods, digital cameras/camcorders, andmany more. In the past decades, VLSI industries constantly shrank the size oftransistors, so that more and more transistors can be built into the same chip area tomake VLSI more and more powerful in its functions. As the typical feature size ofCMOS VLSI is shrunk into deep submicron domain, nanotechnology is the next stepin order to maintain Moore’s law for several more decades. Nanotechnology not onlyfurther improves the resolution in traditional photolithography process, but alsointroduces many brand-new fabrication strategies, such as bottom-up molecular self-assembly. Nanotechnology is bringing another technology revolution to traditionalCMOS VLSI technology. Many novel devices and circuit architectures are beingproposed for next-generation nanoelectronics.In order to train students to meet the quickly-increasing industry demand for next-generation nanoelectronics engineers, we are making efforts to introducenanotechnology into our VLSI curricula. We have developed a series of VLSIcurricula which include CPE/EE 548: Low Power VLSI Circuit Design, CpE/EE 458:Analog VLSI, CpE/EE 549: VLSI Testing, etc. Furthermore, we developed a series ofmicro and nanotechnology related courses, such as CpE/EE 446: MEMS(Microelectromechanical Systems), EE 451: Nanotechnology, EE 448:Microelectronic Fabrication. We introduce the nanotechnology into our VLSIcurricula, and teach the students about various devices, fabrication processes, circuitarchitectures, design and simulation skills for future nanotechnology-basednanoelectronic circuits. Some examples are nanowire crossbar circuit architecture,carbon-nanotube based nanotransistor, single-electron transistor, spintronics, quantumcomputing, bioelectronic circuits, etc. Students show intense interests in theseexciting topics. Some students also choose nanoelectronics as their masterproject/thesis research topics, and perform successful research in the field. Someexample topics include the layout design and simulation of a full-adder circuit usingquantum dot cellular automata, etc. The program has attracted many graduate studentsinto the field of nanoelectronics.

Xiong, X., & Zhang, L., & Hmurcik, L. V., & Gupta, N. (2011, June), From Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics: Introducing Nanotechnology to VLSI Curricula Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18011

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