ISCAS 2002

IEEE International Symposium

on Circuits and Systems

Sunday, 26 May 2002 - Wednesday, 29 May 2002

Scottsdale Princess Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

ISCAS 2002 Theme: Circuits and Systems for Ubiquitous Computing


Nanoelectronic Circuits and Systems
Stephen Goodnick
Wolfgang Porod
Arpad Csurgay
Ray Tsui
Christoph Wasshuber
Sunday May 26, 2002, 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM


A host of instruments and fabrication processes have been and are currently being developed to manipulate and observe matter at the nanometer scale. Nanotechnologies are emerging with feature sizes well below 10 nm and approaching the ultimate molecular scale. New physical phenomena associated with quantum size effects and the granularity of electronic charge have been demonstrated, which have led to new device concepts with possible application in nanoscale circuits.

Nanoelectronics, the electronic application of these newly emerging nanotechnologies, aims to realize useful electronic functions, such as sensing, storing, processing, transmitting or displaying information. During the last two decades, nanoelectronic discrete devices, such as resonant tunneling devices (RTD), single-electron transistors (SET) and a broad class of devices composed of quantum dots and molecules have been proposed and successfully demonstrated. However, there exists a gap between device physics and nanoelectronic systems integration.

Circuit theory has always focused on system behavior based on a physical view, bridging physics with system design. The spectacular evolution of microelectronic integrated circuits has demonstrated the power of the 'circuit paradigm'. In the present tutorial, we will address the spectrum of issues relative to nanoelectronic circuits ranging from an overview of the basic physical phenomena and device concepts that have evolved in this field, to proposals and paradigms for circuits and systems based on nano-molecular structures. The topics that will be covered include

  • Introduction to nanoscale phenomena
  • Molecular devices and circuits
  • CAD for nanoscale devices
  • Cellular nonlinear network architectures
  • Quantum Cellular Automaton (QCA) circuits and systems

Apart from the theoretical aspects covered in this tutorial, the concepts will be illustrated with relevant examples and demonstrations. This tutorial targets engineers, researchers and hardware designers interested in JPEG-2000 technology.

About the Presenters:

Stephen Goodnick received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 1977, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1979 and 1983 respectively. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He was a faculty member from 1986 to 1997 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University and is presently Department Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Goodnick is a senior member of IEEE (1990), a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu. He has co-authored over 120 journal articles, books and book chapters related to transport in semiconductor devices and microstructures.

Wolfgang Porod currently is Fank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Diploma (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He joined Notre Dame in 1986 after postdoctoral positions at Colorado State (1981-83) and Arizona State (1983-86) Universities. His research interests are in the area of nanoelectronics, with particular emphasis on new circuit concepts for novel nanoelectronic devices. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Arpad Csurgay graduated in communication engineering (1959) and received his Ph.D. in circuit theory (1964) at the Technical University of Budapest. In 1973 received the degree of D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the realizability theory of electromagnetics. In 1993 he joined the Electrical Engineering and Informatics Department of the Technical University of Budapest as a faculty member. He was Melchor Visiting Chair at the University of Notre Dame in 1996. He is a member of the Academia Europaea London and the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg. His areas of research include network representations of electromagnetics, nanoelectronic circuits and nanoelectronic architectures. He is a Fellow of IEEE

Ray Tsui received his B. S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has been with Motorola since 1980. Currently, Ray manages a research effort in Molecular Electronics at Motorola Labs. He has been actively involved in the research of nanostructures for advanced electronic devices, and has published about 70 technical papers and holds 13 U. S. patents. Ray has served on NSF review panels and the committees of a number of international technical conferences related to nanotechnology.

Christoph Wasshuber was born in Vienna, Austria in 1968. He studied electrical engineering at Vienna University of Technology, where he received the degree of 'Diplomingenieur' in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1997. He is currently employed at Texas Instruments in Dallas, where he is working on simulation and modeling of next generation CMOS devices. He received the 1997 Dr. Ernst Fehrer Award for his work on single-electron memories and has written two books in the field of single-electronics. His most recognized work is his widely used single-electron simulation software SIMON.

The 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems is sponsored by:
and supported by:
Texas Instruments
Date     Announcement
    6 March     Preliminary conference schedule available. See "Program" area of website.
    29 January     Session information for accepted papers is now available.
    19 January     The list of accepted papers has been posted. Please see the Paper Submission page for the link.
Tutorial Proposal Deadline         Friday, 21 September 2001
Paper Submission Deadline         Monday, 29 October 2001
Paper Acceptance Notification         Friday, 18 January 2002
Author Registration Deadline         Friday, 1 March 2002
Final Submission Deadline         Friday, 1 March 2002
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