After forty years of advances in integrated circuit technology, microelectronics is undergoing a transformation to nanoelectronics. Modern day MOSFETs now have channel lengths that are less than 50 nm long, and billion transistor logic chips have arrived. Moore's Law continues, but the end of MOSFET scaling is in sight. At the same time, there are exciting new advances in molecular electronics and related fields. How long will the evolutionary approaches that have been so successful for 40 years continue to fuel progress? What role will new ideas and approaches from molecular electronics play in the field of electronic device technology? Is molecular electronics the new frontier of electronic devices? This talk will present and electrical engineering view of where digital electronics is heading, what the real challenges are, and what role molecular electronics might play.
Mark Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where his teaching and research center on the physics, technology, and simulation of electronic devices. Lundstrom is the founding director of the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology, which has a mission of research, education, leadership, and service to the nation's National Nanotechnology Initiative. He serves on the leadership councils of the NASA-funded Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing and the MARCO Focus Center for Materials, Structures, and Devices. Lundstrom's work has been recognized by several awards, most recently, in 2005, from the Semiconductor Industry Association in recognition of his career contributions to the semiconductor industry.