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1. NanoComputers May 10, 2001
2. Introduction Moore?s Law
Lower limit for Transistor Size
1 micrometer, or 50 nanometers
Loss of functionality
New technological field required
3. Nanotechnology Manipulation of atoms 1 at a time
Decrease in the size of transistors
Increase in density
Concurrent advances in biology and chemistry
Ability to position single atoms
4. Types of Nanocomputers Mechanical Nanocomputers
Does not require a fundamental change in the operating principles of the transistor
5. Potential Technologies for use in a Nanocomputer Devices are based on the principles of quantum mechanics
Resonant Tunneling Transistor
Single Electron Transistor
6. Resonant Tunneling Device RTD is comprised of 2 insulating barriers in a semiconductor heterostructure
Creates an island
Island is about 10 nms wide
Finite, integral number of ?quantized? energy levels
Electrons are able to pass through the device by tunneling through 2 barriers
Depends on the energy of the incoming electrons as compared to the device?s internal energy level
Needs to be in resonance for current to flow
7. Resonant Tunneling Transistor Incorporate an RTD into emitter of a Bipolar Junction Transistor
Three terminal device, similar to MOSFET
Current controlled, rather than voltage controlled
RTT as a 2 state device
RTD serves as a filter, allowing current to flow to BJT at certain base-emitter voltages only
Transistor ?on? or ?off?
Problem: Nanometer device integrated with a microelectronic device
8. Single Electron Transistor SET operates by moving single electrons
Consists of a source, island, and drain
Electrons can enter the island one at a time
Tunnel onto the island from source, exit via drain
Control the number of electrons entering and exiting the drain
Electron flow continues, causing a current flow through the island
9. SET Use a metal gate electrode near the island
Increase gate voltage, an additional electron can tunnel on and off island, creating measurable current
Low Temperatures to avoid thermal energy
10. Quantum Dot Cells Small potential well or box
Electrostatic field to determine the number of electrons in the quantum dot
Holds 0 ? 100?s of electrons
Rely on specific quantum effects
Cannot store and retrieve information
Exact number of electrons is not known, due to low resistivity of the device
11. QDs Quantum dots can effect one another
Even if they are not wired together
Due to long-range electrostatic interactions
One dot?s electric field can change the number of electrons in another dot
Quantum dots can be lined up to cause the movement of electrons
Two state device corresponding to occupancy of the dot by 0 or 1 electron
Wireless because of communication through electric field
Limitations of fabrication and low temperature
12. Architectures for Molecular Electronic Computer Logic
13. Background Diode
Molecular-scale electronic devices
14. Diode Two-terminal switch
On: closed, forward bias
Off: open, reverse bias
15. AND Gate Output = 1:
All inputs are 1
Output = 0
16. OR Gate Output = 0:
All inputs are 0
Output = 1:
Any input is 1
All inputs are 1
17. XOR Gate Output = 0:
All inputs are 0;
All inputs are 1
Output = 1:
Only one input is 1
18. Half-Adder Gate Combinational circuit
Two inputs and two binary outputs
The output variables produce:
Sum, S: least significant bit
Carry, C: output =1 ->
both inputs are 1
19. Molecular-Scale Electronic Device Polyphenylene-based molecular backbone chains
20. Polyphenylene-based molecular-scale electronic devices chains of organic aromatic benzene rings
21. Aromatic Organic Molecules Serves as conductor
Chemical formula: C6H6
Binding phenylenes to each other, terminatin the result chain-like structures with phenyl groups
Different types of molecular groups: aliphatic, ethenyl, ethynyl.
22. Aliphatic Organic Molecules Serves as insulators
Forms a barrier: middle of conductive polyphenylene chain
23. Polyphenylene-based molecular rectifying diodes switch Two intramolecular dopant group:
X, Electron donating
Y, Electron withdrawing
Separate by R: aliphatic groups
24. Molecular Electronic AND Gate Using Diode-Diode Logic
25. Molecular Electronic OR Gate Using Diode-Diode Loigc
26. Molecular Electronic XOR Gate Using Diode-Base Logic
N or Z: represnts an RTD
27. RTD Resonant Tunneling Diodes
28. Molecular Electronic Half Adder Combinational logic:
Several molecular logic gate to bond together
Molecular XOR and AND gate
29. Conclusion The area of the molecular electronic logic structures is one million times smaller than analogous logic structures.
Both molecular AND and OR gates are using Diode-Diode logic structure.
Different between the molecular AND and OR gate is the orientation of the molecular diodes is reversed.
30. Conclusion (cont.) XOR uses Diode-Based logic structure.
Molecular XOR gate is very similar to molecular OR gate, except for the addition of the molecular RTD.
The most well-known combinational circuit for a binary half adder design is implemented with an XOR and an AND gate.
31. Fabrication and Future Studies Abstract
32. Abstract the laws of quantum mechanics and the limitations of fabrication techniques may soon prevent further reduction in the size of today?s conventional field-effect transistors
the devices will become more difficult and costly to fabricate
33. Introduction Improved fabrication technologies are the key to progress in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics.
No matter how small a proposed electronic device can or should be built in theory, the limitations in fabrication processes determine how small the device can be built in practice.
34. Present Fabrication Techniques Lithography
Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
35. Lithography Lithography uses a beam of light or matter to make a pattern on a surface. There are several lithography techniques that are currently being used in the industry; including UV lithography, X-ray lithography, atom lithography and Electron-beam lithography.
36. UV Lithography Most modern integrated circuits are produces by photolithography. Photolithography is a process that beams visible or ultraviolet light through a reusable mask and onto a thin coating of photoresistive material covering a silicon wafer.
37. X-ray Lithography X-ray lithography is a further refinement of lithographic techniques using ultraviolet light. This refinement provides a more precise tool with which to carve out a pattern on a substrate. The smaller wavelengths of X-rays allow feature sizes from 500 to 30 nm.
38. Electron-beam lithography Electron-beam lithography replaces the light beam and masks used in photolithography with a direct beam of electrons. It works well with for high resolution features because electrons have much shorter wavelengths than light and can be focused very precisely using electric field.
39. Atom Lithography Atom lithograph actually writes the atom directly onto the substrate. It uses the standing wave of light as mask to guide a beam of atoms to desired resting places on the surface of a wafer.
40. MBE MBE is an advanced fabrication technique for creating layered surfaces. Molecular beam epitaxy uses a beam of molecules under low pressure that collides with a heated single-crystal surface to create epitaxial layers of molecules.
41. Mechanosynthesis Nanoelectronic devices maybe one day be assembled by the mechanical positioning of atoms or molecular building blocks one atom or molecule at a time, a process known as mechanosynthesis
42. Chemosynthesis Chemosynthesis is also an emerging fabrication of the components for nao-scale electronics.
Chemical self assembly is the spontaneous orientation of a number of molecules. It usually occurs in non-covalent bonding among molecules. One advantage of this method is the error correction process. It corrects the wrong type of molecules, and wrong positioned molecules in the assembly process. Another type of chemosynthesis is Hybrid Chemosynthesis, it combines the use of atom beams with some techniques of self-assembly.
43. Future Challenges I. Demonstration of a molecular electronic rectifier or transistor
We need to increase the density and raise the temperature in which nanoelectronic devices can operate above the cryogenic range, it is very important to fabricate nanoelectronic devices on the same scale as a single molecule. One proposed method is to design and synthesis of single molecule.
44. Future Challenges(Cont.) II Fabricate working electronic device from molecular transistors
Even if we know how to make molecular transistors, the assembly of these components into a working logic structure still presents a problem.
One possible method to the assemble such a device is to use a scanning-tunneling electron microscope to arrange the molecular components on a surface
45. Future Challenges(Cont.) III Demonstration of a nanoscale Silicon quantum heterojunction
For us to reduce the size of modern electronic devices down to the nanometer scale, it is apparent that we need to construct quantum wells of that dimension. Knowing that, we must build very tiny layers of solid structures, where each layers are made of different semiconductors with different energies. These layered structures as we know are semiconductor heterojunctions. We need to make them reliably on the nanometer scale, and make them on the nanometer scale out of silicon compounds.
46. Future Challenges(Cont.) IV Demonstration of nanometer-scale quantum dot cells and wireless logic.0
The design for constructing wireless quantum dot computer logic is a very promising idea for implementing nanoelectronic computers. In order to make nanometer-scale devices of this type, we need to come up with a method to fabricate and test this device.
47. Future Challenges(Cont.) V Demonstration of Terabit quantum-effect electronic memory chip.
If we were to build nanoelectronic logic devices, it is very possible to assemble from them is terabit (10^12 bit) memory array. With terabit memory array, we would have a much larger storage. Also, we will have a much faster access and no moving mechanical parts. Storage of a movie on a such chip is on example.
48. Future Challenges(Cont.) VI. Nanofabrication with a micro-STM or micro-AFM
It is very difficult to mechanically assemble nanoscopic structures and devices with macroscopic probes. Using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices will permit more efficient mechanical manipulation of nanometer-scale structures. We will need to apply micro-STMs and micro-AFMs to practical nanofabrication.
49. Future Challenges(Cont.) VII. Parallel nanofabrication with a micro-STM or micro -AFM arrays
For one thing, if nanoelectronics is to become practical and reliable, we must fabricate nanometer-scale structures by the billions and with high effieniency. Now, we fabricate nanostructures one at a time with a micromechanical STM or AFM is simply not enough.
50. Future Challenges(Cont.) IIIV. Responsive virtual environment for realistic, stimulated nanomanipulation.
We need to be able to simulate nanometer-scale experiment in real time on a digital computer, then use that computer simulation to generate a virtual environment.
The quantum simulations required for this type of simulated virtual environments are well beyond our current quantum simulation technology. We need to work and address this problem.
51. Future Challenges(Cont.) IX. The Interconnect Problem
Even all the other challenges to fabricate nanometer-scale electronic devices are overcome. We still need to find a way to get information in and out of a dense computational structure with trillions of electrical elements. Nanocomputers will store a tremendous amount of information in a very tiny and limited space, and the computer will generate information extremely fast. We will need to control and coordinate the elements of the computer.
52. Conclusion It is evident that the conventional semiconductor technology and photographic etching techniques will reach its theoretical limits.
It is necessary to come up with new approaches to build the computers of next generation.
Whether or not nanocomputers can be built will depend upon several factors; including device speed, power dissipation, reliability, and methods of fabrication.
Applying the methods of quantum dots, single electron transistor, and resonant tunneling devices, and the method of fabrication techniques, we should be able to achieve the high expectation for the next generation nanocomputers.
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