NEEDS is an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation with a mission to develop the critical missing link needed to transform nanoelectronic materials and device research into electronic systems – physics-based compact models for nano-devices that are accurate, robust, fast, and suitable for use by technology-developers and designers in SPICE-based, design environments. Towards that goal, NEEDS is developing a complete compact model development platform along with a set of best practices and educational resources. This platform will allow experts in materials and devices to develop and experimentally validate simulation ready compact models. NEEDS is committed to a “physics to function” approach that connects experimentalists and first-principles theorists and computationalists with experts in compact modeling, circuits and systems design. It is a multi-university initiative involving Purdue, UC Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford. The presentation gives brief introduction to NEEDS and to this workshop ,which discusses compact models, circuit simulation, and the platform being developed.
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