Accession Number:

ADA558853

Title:

Advanced Relay Design and Technology for Energy-Efficient Electronics

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-07-07

Pagination or Media Count:

96.0

Abstract:

As the era of traditional Complementary-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor CMOS technology scaling is coming to an end, continual improvements in integrated-circuit IC performance and cost per function are becoming difficult to achieve without increasing power density. This necessitates the investigation of alternate device technologies that surmount the fundamental CMOS energy-efficiency limit and hence enable ultra-low-power ICs. To that end, a nanoelectro- mechanical NEM relay technology is promising, because of its immeasurably low offstate leakage current and abrupt turn-on behavior, which provide for zero static power consumption and potentially very low dynamic power consumption. In this dissertation, relay design and process technology improvements, which led to the successful demonstration of relay-based digital IC building blocks, are discussed from both device- and circuit-level perspectives. A non-volatile NV memory relay design that can enable embedding of NV memory with relay-based logic circuits is also discussed. In addition, multielectrode relays that can lead to smarter design and compact implementation of zero-leakage digital integrated circuits are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE