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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Title: Microsystems and Nanosystems: Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Dr. Rajendra Singh, D.Houser Banks Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics, Clemson University, SC.


Abstract: Microsystems consisting of semiconductor devices of sub-micron dimension have already proven as the driver of microelectronics revolution. The most advanced semiconductor products manufactured today have feature size of 65 nm. Depending on the application, the nanoystems may consist of one or more of the following type of functional components: electronic, optical, magnetic, mechanical, biological, chemical, energy sources and various type of sensing devices. As long as one or more of these functional devices are in 1-100 nm dimensions, the resultant system will be defined as nanosystem. The software cost of a typical nanosystem is about 60%. Thus the burden of system cost reduction falls mostly on the advancements in manufacturing science and technology. This requires a paradigm shift in the coordination of design, mask making and fab activities that will lead to design for yield. In this talk I will focus on the challenges and opportunities provided to the designers and manufacturers of future Microsystems and Nanosystems.

Biography: Rajendra Singh received Ph.D. degree in physics (thesis on solar cells) from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., Canada, in 1979. Currently, he is D. Houser Banks Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics. He has published over 270 papers in various journals and conference proceedings in the area of rapid thermal processing, solar cells, semiconductor manufacturing and nanotechnology. He has served as conference organizer and editor of 24 conference proceedings. He has been editor of IEEE TED, guest editor of a number of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (TED) and IEEE Transactions of Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) special issues. He is member of the editorial board of IEEE TSM, Electrochemical& Solid State Letters, Journal of Low Power Electronics and Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Since 1994, he has been IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer. Over the years he has received a number of national and international awards Partial list of his awards include Distinguished Technologist: United Nations (1987, Thomas D. Callinan Award, Electrochemical Society (1996) and McMaster University Distinguished Alumni Award (2005). He is a Fellow of Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the Society of Optical Science and Engineering (SPIE), American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) and ASM International, the materials information society (ASM).

He received his Ph.D. (1988) and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer
engineering and B.S. degree in Engineering physics at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With colleagues and students, he has
received three best paper awards. He also received the 2003 College of
Engineering Teacher of the Year award. He holds four U.S. patents.

Presented Jointly with: the Circuits and Systems Society and Solid State Circuits Society, Chicago Chapter.

Social and free snacks: 6:30 PM
Lecture: 7 PM
Place: Bowe Bell & Howell [Company directions]
760 S Wolf Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090 [Mapquest directions]
at the "Da Vinci" conference room

Presented by: ED/CAS/SSC Chicago Chapter

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