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Organic electronics to push Moore's Law beyond 7nm

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TU Dresden? Moore's Law? transparent electronics? organic? flexible?

During the recent SEMICON Europa, flexible and transparent electronics have taken the centre stage. In addition, the University of Technology (TU Dresden) has also expressed its commitment to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.

In all, TU Dresden's Microelectronics Academy has 60 investigators, is cooperating with 11 institutions making up 300 scientists total dedicated to organic, transparent and flexible electronics.

"Organic semiconductors will be the crude oil of the information age by the time Moore's Law runs out at the 7nm node," said Stefan Mansfield, chair of organic devices at TU Dresden. "We are building an infrastructure that will augment CMOS with organic materials to get beyond 7nm using silicon nanowires, reconfigurable organic circuitry and carbon nanotubes."

Moore's Law

Advances in organic materials will enable Moore's Law to be extended beyond the 7nm node according to TU Dresden's Microelectronics Academy. (Source: TU Dresden, used with permission)

These goals will be realised, according to Mansfield using transparent electronics for information processing, DNA scaffolds for very advanced electronics and CPUs that process chemical signals. To manage all this heterogeneity in large scale systems will require highly adaptive, energy efficient and failsafe designs, which is what TU Dresden is designing to be ready for tomorrow with a multi-disciplinary team of physicists, chemists, biologists, computer scientists and electrical engineers.

"Today organics are slow, but their cost is very cheap. We plan to make them faster by using ordered structures similar to how you make single crystalline silicon, but we are not there yet," Mansfield said.


TU Dresden's Microelectronics Academy and collaborators are developing all the bits and pieces necessary to keep microelectronics growing with organic materials. (Source: TU Dresden, used with permission)

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