|Sub-10-nm Electronics: Prospects and Problems
Institute for Advanced Materials and Devices
|KONSTANTIN K. LIKHAREV, Stony Brook University
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
2:30 PM - Fiber Optic Auditorium
I will review prospects for the extension of the exponential progress of microelectronics beyond the 10-nm frontier, where the currently dominating CMOL technology will run into a wall of fundamental physical limitations. I will argue that apparently the only way to overcome these limitations is to change to current chip fabrication paradigm to the bottom-up approach based on units with naturally-fixed size and structure, for example molecules. In particular, I will describe the work of our SBU-centered collaboration on materials, devices, architectures, and possible applications of CMOL hybrid integrated circuits. Such circuits will include, in addition to an advanced CMOS subsystem, a few levels of nanowires connected at crosspoints by self-assembled molecular electron devices. Preliminary estimates show that CMOL-based systems for advanced information rocessing may eventually not only far overcome in performance the CMOS-based computers, but possibly challenge the human brain.