Chips 2020

A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics

  • Bernd Hoefflinger

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 13-36
  3. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 37-93
  4. Matthias Keller, Boris Murmann, Yiannos Manoli
    Pages 95-130
  5. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 131-140
  6. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 141-159
  7. Burn J. Lin
    Pages 175-188
  8. Barry Pangrle
    Pages 189-213
  9. Peter Hans Roth, Christian Jacobi, Kai Weber
    Pages 215-228
  10. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 229-249
  11. Georg Kimmich
    Pages 251-272
  12. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 315-330
  13. Lambert Spaanenburg, Suleyman Malki
    Pages 331-365
  14. Albrecht Rothermel
    Pages 367-382
  15. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 383-391
  16. Yiannos Manoli, Thorsten Hehn, Daniel Hoffmann, Matthias Kuhl, Niklas Lotze, Dominic Maurath et al.
    Pages 393-420
  17. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 421-427
  18. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 429-437
  19. Bernd Hoefflinger
    Pages 451-455
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 457-477

About this book


The chips in present-day cell phones already contain billions of sub-100-nanometer transistors. By 2020, however, we will see systems-on-chips with trillions of 10-nanometer transistors. But this will be the end of the miniaturization, because yet smaller transistors, containing just a few control atoms, are subject to statistical fluctuations and thus no longer useful. We also need to worry about a potential energy crisis, because in less than five years from now, with current chip technology, the internet alone would consume the total global electrical power!

This book presents a new, sustainable roadmap towards ultra-low-energy (femto-Joule), high-performance electronics. The focus is on the energy-efficiency of the various chip functions: sensing, processing, and communication, in a top-down spirit involving new architectures such as silicon brains, ultra-low-voltage circuits, energy harvesting, and 3D silicon technologies. Recognized world leaders from industry and from the research community share their views of this nanoelectronics future. They discuss, among other things, ubiquitous communication based on mobile companions, health and care supported by autonomous implants and by personal carebots, safe and efficient mobility assisted by co-pilots equipped with intelligent micro-electromechanical systems, and internet-based education for a billion people from kindergarden to retirement. This book should help and interest all those who will have to make decisions associated with future electronics: students, graduates, educators, and researchers, as well as managers, investors, and policy makers.

Introduction: Towards Sustainable 2020 Nanoelectronics.- From Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics.- The Future of Eight Chip Technologies.- Analog–Digital Interfaces.- Interconnects and Transceivers.- Requirements and Markets for Nanoelectronics.- ITRS: The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.- Nanolithography.- Power-Efficient Design Challenges.- Superprocessors and Supercomputers.- Towards Terabit Memories.- 3D Integration for Wireless Multimedia.- The Next-Generation Mobile User-Experience.- MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for Automotive and Consumer.- Vision Sensors and Cameras.- Digital Neural Networks for New Media.- Retinal Implants for Blind Patients.- Silicon Brains.- Energy Harvesting and Chip Autonomy.- The Energy Crisis.- The Extreme-Technology Industry.- Education and Research for the Age of Nanoelectronics.- 2020 World with Chips.


3D Integration Energy Harvesting Energy Roadmap MEMS Moore's Law Nanolithography Roadmap of Nanoelectronics Silicon Brains Systems-on-chip

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernd Hoefflinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for MicroelectronicsSindelfingenGermany

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