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Carbon Nanotubes Interconnect Analyzer: Analyze performances of carbon nanotube bundle interconnects

Welcome to the Carbon Nanotubes Interconnect Analyzer development area.

What is Carbon Nanotubes Interconnect Analyzer?

Carbon Nanotube Interconnect Simulator (CNIA) is a Matlab script that computes CNT interconnects performances. The computation is based on the existing RLC model of CNT bundle. This tool can estimate the conductance, indunctance performance of CNT bundles for interconnect applications. The tool is based on a realistic bundle structure of mixed multi-wall and single-wall CNTs, which is significantly different from other estimations of CNT bundles. This version currently only supports conductance.

What are Carbon Nanotubes? Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were discovered in 1991 by Sumio Iijima while working at NEC Research Laboratories in Tsukuba, Japan. There exist two kinds of carbon nanotubes; single-walled and multi-walled. The carbon nanotubes are hexagonal networks of carbon atoms 1 nm in diameter and up to 4mm in length. A single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) is a rolled-up shell of graphene sheet made of benzene-type hexagonal carbon rings. Multiwall nanotubes (MWCNTs) are more common and are rolled-up stacks of graphene sheets (approximately up to 50 sheets) in concentric carbon nanotubes. SWCNT technology shows significant promise in acting as both transistors and interconnects in future generations of VLSI circuits.

What is CNT Interconnect/Via?? The wire linking transistors together are called interconnect and plays a major role in the performance of modern systems. The electrical properties of CNT have been studied and the basic circuit models of CNT interconnects is very promising and is predicted to replace Cu which is the current choice for interconnect.