This course provides an introduction to state-of-the-art and potential future electronics technologies. The first part of the course focuses on the physics of advanced silicon technology and on its scaling limits. The treatment includes a discussion of future electronics as projected to the year 2012 by the Semiconductor Industry Association's National Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. This understanding of conventional technology then motivates the second part of the course, which covers some of the "new" physics currently being explored for going "beyond the roadmap." Topics range from the reasonably practical to the highly speculative and include tunneling transistors, single-flux quantum logic, single-electronics, spin-based electronics, quantum computing, and perhaps even DNA-based computing. An overview is also given of the prospects for advances in fabrication technology that will largely determine the economic viability for any of these possible electronic futures.
Course prerequisites: 
An undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or a related technical discipline. Familiarity with semiconductor device physics would be helpful.
Course instructor: 
Faculty