ASSIST Seminar - The Next Technology Waves are Coming, Regardless More Moore, More-than-Moore, and the SemiSynBio Landscape

SpeakerDaniel Herr
Organization The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN)
LocationMonteith Research Center, RM 136
Start Date April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
End Date April 10, 2014 2:00 PM

ABSTRACT: The 2012 update of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) projected several fundamental physical scaling (More Moore) challenges that impact miniaturization trends, as well as the rapid emergence of an integrated, multidimensional and functionally diversified application landscape (More-than-Moore).  It recognized that during the blazing progress propelled by Moore's Law of semiconductor logic and memory products, many other technologies have progressed as well.  The More than Moore (MtM) industry trend encompasses functionalities that do not necessarily scale according to Moore's Law, but provide additional value to the end customer in different ways, without competing with miniaturization. [2012 ITRS Overview, p. 2]  The seeds of this new focus, which were announced at the 2006 ITRS winter meeting in Taiwan, and began to emerge in 2012 through various ITRS discussions and events, e.g. within the Emerging Research Materials, Emerging Research Devices, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, and RF and Analog/Mixed Signal Technologies Working Groups.

From a materials and fabrication perspective, the future application opportunities landscape encompasses, but is much broader than, the current ITRS vision. Many of these new market opportunities will leverage the convergence between multiple adjacent technology sectors, which includes information processing, sensing, actuation, energy, health care, security, and communication.  This convergence also will leverage and benefit seemingly disparate technologies, such as construction, food and agriculture, textiles, furniture, etc. As such, strategic networks are needed between academic, industrial, and government colleagues in these market sectors to develop a new set of roadmaps that help to focus and guide this effort and to drive new products to market, which address high impact societal needs.

We already have seen early signs of success and the germination of a synergistic MtM mind-to-market supply chain.  For example, the ITRS and semiconductor supplier communities have begun to leverage synergies between multiple market sectors, such as between the nanoelectronics, wireless, and photovoltaics industries.  Recent events, such as Semiconductor Research Corporation's BERT Roundtables and SemiSynBio Workshop, represent transformative first steps towards achieving this goal, as they are helping to establish a common language between the semiconductor and biotechnology communities.  They also they help to identify, clarify, and catalyze new and strategic win-win market opportunities for all key stakeholders. The electronics and adjacent manufacturing and supplier communities have an opportunity to catch and ride the next tidal waves of emerging and convergent technologies, which will drive and revolutionize how we design, integrate, build, and use really small stuff.

This talk will provide a brief update on materials and fabrication trends in scaled manufacturing, as well as a selected survey of emerging convergent application opportunities

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