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Monday, 05 November 2012

The future of nanoelectronics at the 4th NANO-TEC workshop

The international nanoelectronics project NANO-TEC will hold its final workshop on 6 and 7 November, at the Hotel Front Maritim, in Barcelona, Spain.

The Project, which is coordinated by ICREA Research Professor and ICN Group Leader Prof Dr Clivia Sotomayor Torres, features academic researchers and industry experts from ten European countries.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices as we know them—built from silicon and metal oxides, driven by electric current and operating by binary logic—are gradually approaching their inherent performance limits. Within the next two decades, they will be replaced by a new generation of nanoelectronics that are smaller, use less energy and carry greater functionality. What will these new devices look like? What will they be made of? How will they function? And how must European universities and industry work together to transform research results into new products for the competitive nanoelectronics market? These are just some of the questions to be covered at the fourth and final workshop of the international project NANO-TEC, to be held on 6 and 7 November, in Barcelona, Spain. NANO-TEC, coordinated by ICN Group Leader Prof Dr Clivia Sotomayor Torres of the Catalan Institute of Technology (ICN), includes experts from twelve research institutes and companies from Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and The Netherlands, including the University of Wuerzburg and the CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier (Université de Toulouse III). It has two main objectives:to identify the next generation of emerging device concepts and technologies for ICT; to build a coordinated European technology-design community for nanoelectronics research in order to increase the competiveness of Europe in this field.The Project, which is funded through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), began in September 2010 and will run until February 2013. It strives to develop an agenda and facilitate funding for nanoelectronics research. NANO-TEC is unique in that it establishes a close working link between design and technology. At the upcoming workshop NANO-TEC members, including experts from the European Commission, Cornell University and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC®), will share their latest results and perspectives on the future of nanoelectronics, from the research, industrial and public policy perspectives. They will address medium-term goals, such as integration of new technologies into existing ones, as well as long-term goals, such as identifying the most promising of fledgling new technologies—namely, of the “Beyond-CMOS” (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) type. Topics to be discussed include: The role of nanoelectronics in the EU’s 2020 Horizon research programme;New computing paradigms, such as Neuromorphic Computing;New design approaches for Beyond CMOS technologies;Electron- and non-electron-based future devices.The participants will also hear about the latest developments in Topological insulators.The Barcelona workshop follows up on the first three NANO-TEC workshops: Identification of the requirements for future ICT devices (1st); Benchmarking of New Beyond-CMOS device/design concepts (2nd); and SWOT Analysis of the Technology-Design Ecosystem (3rd). Work from these previous events, which have drawn on experts from companies such as NEC and IBM, will be summarised.According to Project Coordinator Sotomayor Torres, ‘Predicting the future of nanoelectronics 20 years ahead is not trivial, but looking at the next 10 years, we have a pretty good idea of where we’d like to see nanoelectronics go, and what European researchers and industry must accomplish to get there.’

For more information on NANO-TEC, click here.

To watch the NANO-TEC project video, click here.