Special Issue "Energy-Efficient Nanoelectronics"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanotechnology and Applied Nanosciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2021) | Viewed by 1561

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Interests: spintronics; straintronics; nanoelectronics
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Gregory Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nick Holonyak Jr. Micro-and Nanotechnology Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA
Interests: semiconductor physics; quantum devices; computational nanotechnology
Prof. Asim Ray
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Cedps Materials and Manufacturing, Brunel University, London, UK
Interests: organic nanoelectronics
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, Uttarakhand, India
Interests: high-speed interconnects; emerging material-based device circuit co-design; optics- and photonics-based devices and sensors; image processing hardware; spintronics-based devices and circuits; quantum and neuromorphic computing; artificial intelligence
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last two decades, nanoelectronics has seen explosive growth. Devices’ dimensions shrunk rapidly as their energy consumption decreased, reliability improved, and speed increased. At the same time, there has been a strong interest in non-traditional nanoelectronics involving such devices as memristors, spin-based electronics, and molecular electronics. This Special Issue invites papers on the following topics:

  • Ultra-miniaturized charge-based electronics, including memristors, NC-FET, TFET, etc.
  • Spin electronics
  • Molecular electronics
  • Two-dimensional electronics based on graphene, MoS2, black phosphorus, and other two-dimensional materials
  • Organic nanoelectronics
  • Nanoelectronic circuits, systems, and architectures for computing, sensing, and signal processing.

Prof. Dr. Supriyo Bandyopadhyay
Prof. Jean-Pierre Leburton
Prof. Asim Ray
Prof. Brajesh Kumar Kaushik
Guest Editors

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  • ultra-miniaturized electronics
  • 2D electronics
  • spin electronics
  • molecular electronics
  • organic nanoelectronics

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The Cost of Energy-Efficiency in Digital Hardware: The Trade-Off between Energy Dissipation, Energy–Delay Product and Reliability in Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Binary Switches
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(12), 5590; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11125590 - 17 Jun 2021
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Binary switches, which are the primitive units of all digital computing and information processing hardware, are usually benchmarked on the basis of their ‘energy–delay product’, which is the product of the energy dissipated in completing the switching action and the time it takes [...] Read more.
Binary switches, which are the primitive units of all digital computing and information processing hardware, are usually benchmarked on the basis of their ‘energy–delay product’, which is the product of the energy dissipated in completing the switching action and the time it takes to complete that action. The lower the energy–delay product, the better the switch (supposedly). This approach ignores the fact that lower energy dissipation and faster switching usually come at the cost of poorer reliability (i.e., a higher switching error rate) and hence the energy–delay product alone cannot be a good metric for benchmarking switches. Here, we show the trade-off between energy dissipation, energy–delay product and error–probability for an electronic switch (a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor), a magnetic switch (a magnetic tunnel junction switched with spin transfer torque) and an optical switch (bistable non-linear mirror). As expected, reducing energy dissipation and/or energy–delay product generally results in increased switching error probability and reduced reliability. Full article
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