June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Electrical and Computer
22.730.1 - 22.730.9
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. https://peer.asee.org/18011
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