While CMOS device scaling is being pushed to its ultimate limits,
researchers at imec are also exploring alternative solutions that break
away from the fundamentals of classical scaling. They are looking into
disruptive technologies that could reduce cost, limit power consumption,
optimize performance per circuit area or allow for very high operation
throughput. With these technologies, they do not aim to replace CMOS
circuits, but rather complement them in a hybrid, multi-device
architecture. In these architectures, the new technologies will be used
to do what they are good at, e.g. high-performance computing, or
Smart city and Internet of Things
(IoT) technologies are being explored and developed to improve standards of
living. Institute of Sustainable Energy (iSE) by InnoEnergy course director, Dr.
Pep Salas Prat, argues that every smart city plan should begin with citizen
needs and not technology.
MIT researchers, working with scientists from
Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and
communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Image: courtesy of the researchers
Plastic deformation of crystalline materials is
caused by nucleation and multiplication of dislocations under an external force
(A and B). It has been generally believed that brittle inorganic semiconducting
materials have difficulty in formation of dislocations because of their strong
chemical bonds. However, researchers found that a great number of dislocations
are generated and multiplied in ZnS crystals during deformation in darkness
(C), resulting in the extraordinary plasticity that researchers observed. Image courtesy of Atsutomo Nakamura.