NEEDS (New Era Electronic Devices and Systems) is charged to advance electronics science and connect it to applications. NEEDS is a five-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation consisting of teams at MIT, U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, and Purdue. Our goal was to create infrastructure to support end-to-end research and to bring the “simulate-model-design” paradigm that has been so successful in traditional electronics to new fields. Because of the short timeframe, we took a very focused approach centered on deeply physical compact models. These kinds of models connect fundamental research to applications. NEEDS has also created a comprehensive, online resource – a set of models, best practices and processes supported by a suite of tools and educational resources. NEEDS research advanced the science of nanodevices and integrated nanosystems while guiding the development of this infrastructure and benefitting from it.
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A modern, well-structured, open-source tool that make it possible to develop and debug high-quality "simulation ready" device models.
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