For the last few decades, society has enjoyed exponential gains in semiconductor performance, known as Moore’s Law. But this acceleration in computing power may be coming to an end, and further significant progress in semiconductor innovation requires fundamental research. The DOE has recognized that it is time to redesign the innovation process for the microelectronics field, and recently put out a call for proposals for microelectronics co-design research at National Laboratories to lead groundbreaking research and development in computing, communication, and sensing technologies.
Teams led by Berkeley Lab scientists were awarded two of the ten funded projects. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, faculty senior scientist with the Materials Sciences Division and co-lead of the Lab’s Beyond Moore’s Law Initiative, will lead a project on “Co-design of Ultra-Low-Voltage Beyond Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) Microelectronics,” while Maurice Garcia-Sciveres, senior scientist with the Physics Division, will lead a project on “Co-Design and Integration of Nano-sensors on CMOS.” Their awards are primarily supported by the Office of Science’s Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program, with additional support from the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) and High Energy Physics (HEP) programs.