ICCAD Previews Nanotechnology Technical Track

The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its Nanotechnology Technical Track, which will provide by far the most comprehensive look at this emerging topic, including its leaders’ views and experience with an emphasis on its connection with design automation.

The track, which will run as both morning and afternoon embedded tutorials on Wednesday Nov. 8, is an integral part of the conference which will be held November 5-9, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. The track is organized by Prof. Margarida Jacome from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Nanotechnology Track at ICCAD focuses on critical issues including emerging nanoelectronics, and the integration of nanoelectronics, bioelectronics and MEMS/NENS. As the emergence of nanoelectronics is expected to lead to revolutionary computing advances, ICCAD maintains its conference leadership in electronic design by including innovative research on design, modeling, simulation, analysis, synthesis and testing of nanoscale electronic devices, circuits and systems.

Emerging Nanoelectronics: Prospects, State-of-the-Art, and Opportunities for CAD
The first nano session will be an embedded tutorial organized by Prof. Margarida Jacome from University of Texas at Austin, on Wednesday, November 8, at 8:30 a.m. In this session, leading experts in emerging nanoelectronics technologies discuss the state-of-the-art and identify potential “killer” applications for some of the most promising nanotechnologies, as well as discuss unique opportunities for major contributions by the CAD and design communities.

The session will start with Prof. Jeffrey Bokor from U.C. Berkeley, who will outline the likely phased course of adoption of emerging nanoelectronic tecnologies and give an overview on the variants of these technologies likely to be most attractive. Dr. Jia Chenfrom IBM Research will then focus on carbon nanotubes, a quasi-one-dimensonal material that shows great promise, and discuss its concrete potential for electronic and optoelectronic applications. Finally, H.-S. Philip Wong from StanfordUniversity will present seminal nano-CAD efforts such as the development of device models for carbon nanotube transistors, and their use in tools for designing nanotube transistor circuits.

Integrating Nanoelectronics, Biotechnology and MEMS/NEMS: Applications, Interfacing Challenges, and Unique Opportunities for CAD
The second nano session will be an embedded tutorial, on Wednesday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. This embedded tutorial discusses synergies among nanoelectronics, biotechnology and MEMS/NEMS, and related opportunities and challenges in CAD, design, and manufacturing. The session will start with Prof. Bernhard Boser, director of the U.C. Berkeley Sensor and ActuatorCenter, introducing MEMS as an ideal technology for interfacing with the nanoworld. Then, Dr. Ann Witvrouw, lead of MEMS Integration at IMEC, will address manufacturing challenges of integrating MEMS and CMOS electronics. Prof. Richard A. Kiehl from the University of Minnesota, will then discuss the use of DNA as a programmable scaffolding for the self assembly of nanoelectronics. The last two speakers, Prof. Vladimir Bulovic and Dr. Conor Madigan from M.I.T.’s Laboratory of Organic Optics and Electronics, will present advances in the modeling, simulation and use of organic electronic devices.

Details for participating in this exciting, novel track can be examined in ICCAD’s web site effective immediately.

Registration Details
For more information on registering for this year’s conference, go here.

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