IEDM Focus Session

IEDM 2016 will have special Focus sessions on

  • System-level impact of power devices – While there are forums that serve circuit experts for the exchange of ideas and the reporting of breakthroughs, there hasn’t been a suitable forum for bringing device and circuit experts together to consider impacts at the system level, even though that would be fruitful due to the interactions of circuits and devices. IEDM aims to serve as the forum for their dialogue, and so this Special Focus Session has been organized. Papers are expected to explore the system-level impact of power devices, and also to describe various types of power devices targeting the full range of power/power conversion applications such as hybrid vehicles, utility and grid control, computing/telecom power supplies, motor drives, and wireless power transfer.
  • Wearable electronics and Internet of Things – Wearable technology offers great promise for communications, fitness tracking, health monitoring, speech therapy, elder care/assisted living and many other applications. This Special Focus Session has been organized to benchmark wearable electronics technologies, to address applications with comprehensive system demonstrations, and to learn industrial perspectives about the gaps, challenges and opportunities for wider uses of wearable and IoT technologies. Papers on flexible/stretchable electronics, MEMs, display devices, sensors, printed electronics, organic devices and 2-D material devices enabling wearables/IoT devices also will be featured.
  • Ultra high speed electronics – There have been many advances and breakthroughs in ultra-high-speed electronics for communications, security and imaging applications, but technology gaps continue to prevent spectrum above millimeter-wave frequencies from being fully used. This Special Focus Session has been organized to discuss, showcase and benchmark advanced ultra-high speed devices and circuits based on high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) and conventional CMOS devices; high-speed interconnect; antennas for ultra-high-speed systems; ultra-high-frequency oscillators; and to discuss other possible applications.
  • Quantum computing – As traditional CMOS scaling enters the post-Moore’s Law era, quantum computing has emerged as a possible candidate for further device scaling because it exploits the laws of quantum physics and may make much more powerful computers possible. This Special Focus Session will explore relevant semiconductor-related fabrication issues and will brainstorm R&D directions for new materials, devices, circuits, and manufacturing approaches for the scalable integration of a large number of qubits with CMOS technology, operating at cryogenic temperatures for the realization of quantum computers.

Further details on these sessions will be released later in the year.