The LNIS research is focused on emerging microelectronics technologies with an emphasis on enhanced-functionality devices and their use in proof-of-concept circuits and architectures. Recently highlighted as a promising alternative to Moore's Law [K. Bernstein et al., K. J. Kuhn et al.], the functionality enhancement of semiconductor devices increases the computational performance (function) per unit area and leads to circuits with better density, performances, and energy efficiency.
In the field of nanoelectronics, a technology-design co-integration approach is of particular interest. Indeed, such approach, as illustrated in Fig. 1, simultaneously covers the design of the technology and the application circuits, in order to jointly adapt them to the targeted application. In our lab, we investigate novel and emerging devices which can help pushing the Moore’s Law beyond by specifically employing this approach.
Fig. 1: Process/Design global co-optimization scheme