Wednesday, 25 July 2007


The 2008 IEEE International Symposium of Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2008) will be held in Seattle (Washington, USA), on 18-21 May 2008.

ISCAS is the largest conference in the area of Circuits and Systems. It is sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. Prestigeous speakers in this field are always invited.

ISCAS 2008 will focus on the theme "Green Circuits and Systems: Engineering the Environmental Revolution".

The deadline for regular paper submission is October 5 2007. As indicated in the Call for Papers, the scope of ISCAS 2008 includes all topics related to integrated circuits and systems. Papers on compact modeling for circuit design are considered to address some of the topic of the call. In fact, every year a number of interesting papers on compact modeling are presented at ISCAS.

It is important to mention that in ISCAS posters are very well considered, as important as oral presentations. Many authors choose poster as their presentation format.

On the other hand, a "rich and intersting social programme is planned". It still has to be announced. Sounds promising, anyway.

New papers about compact modeling

A number of interesting papers have been published in the August issue of Transactions on Electron Devices.

In a paper entitled "Accuracy of Surface-Potential-Based Long–Wide-Channel Thick-Base MOS Transistor Models", Bin B. Jie and Chih-Tang Sah (University of Florida, Gainesville) discuss the accuracy of several surface-potential based MOSFET models. They show that the accuracy of the approximations done in these models is not so good in the accumulation and subthreshold regimes, and they propose a new analytical model showing better accuracy in those regimes.

Ananda S. Roy, Christian C. Enz and J. -M. Sallese, researchers from the EKV team at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) present an analytical noise modeling paradingm for lateral nonuniform MOSFETs. They show that in these devices the bias dependence of the noise parameters cannot be predicted by conventional Klaassen-Prins (KP)-based methods.

Modeling of irradiated devices is always a hot topic. H. T. Mebrahtu et al. present SPICE models of Fluorine-Ion irradiated CMOS devices, using the EKV MOSFET model as a basis.

In this issue we also find new modeling work on Double-Gate MOSFETs. Researchers from the University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and MINATEC (Grenoble, France) have presented a paper entitled "Semi-Analytical Modeling of Short-Channel Effects in Si and Ge Symmetrical Double-Gate MOSFETs". The doping is considered in this work. The analysis is carried out in the subthershold regime, and the mobile charge is assumed to be negligible compared to the doping charge. The model shows that Ge Double-Gate MOSFETs are more prone to short-channel effects than Si Double-Gate MOSFETs.

Finally, B. Bindu, N. DasGupta and A. DasGupta (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras) present "A Unified Model for Gate Capacitance–Voltage Characteristics and Extraction of Parameters of Si/SiGe Heterostructure pMOSFETs". This analytical model is physically-based, and shows very good agreement with experimental measurements.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Atomistic simulation of Graphene Nanoribbon Field-Effect Transistors

A very interesting paper presenting a 3-D atomistic simulation study of Graphene Nanoribbon Field-Effect Transistors (GNR-FETs) has been published in IEEE Electron Device Letters. The performance observed is comparable to the one of carbon nanotube FETs, but the leakage problems associated to the band-to-band tunneling current are also similar. The authors of this paper are B. Fiori and G. Iannacone, from the University of Pisa, Italy.

The simulations have been based on a self-consistent solution of the 3-D Poisson's and Schrödinger equations with open boundary conditions within the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. This simulation study can be very helpful to start the development of a compact GNR-FET model, which will be necessary if this novel device becomes successful.

Friday, 20 July 2007

MOS-AK'07 Second call for papers

MOS-AK Workshop on compact modeling, organized for fifth subsequent time as an integral part of the ESSDERC/ESSCIRC conference, aims to strengthen a network and discussion forum among experts in the field, create an open platform for information exchange related to compact/Spice modeling, bring people in the compact modeling field together, as well as obtain feedback from technology developers, circuit designers, and CAD tool vendors. The technical program of MOS-AK Workshop consists of one day of tutorials given by noted academic and industry experts, also a posters session is foreseen. The poster session program is open and you are welcome to submit a poster presentation (before Aug.10 deadline):

--- Important dates:
* Deadline - Aug. 10
* Final workshop program - Aug.14
* MOS-AK Workshop - Sept.14 at Technische Universität München (TUM)
* after the workshop, selected presentations will be published
in the IJNM - MOS-AK publication partner.

Further information including recommended hotels and driving directions will be posted at the web site, soon; please visit regularly:

--- Related Events:
* "Industrialization of MEMS"
* ESSDERC/ESSCIRC Tutorial, September 10, 2007 Munich, Germany

Tuesday, 3 July 2007


The 2007 Workshop on Frontiers in Electronics (WOFE) will be held in a very beautiful place: Cozumel (Mexico) from December 15 to 19 2007.

WOFE is being held every two years. It is a very special workshop devoted to bring together researchers who work at the frontiers of electronic devices and circuits. Therefore, it facilitates the interaction between researchers from different areas such as emerging nanodevices, bioelectronics, nanotubes, teraherz and infrared electronics and photonics, TFTs and giant area electronics, nanoMEMs, or wide band gap technology, provided their targets are at the frontiers of present electronics. Papers on modelling have also been usually accepted for WOFE, if they address advanced devices, or brand new modeling techniques.

We have to remark that the programme committee encourages to submit papers presenting discussions of controversial issues, rebuttals of theories, provocative or alternative views, and visionary outlooks.

The Chair of WOFE is Professor Michael S Shur, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY (USA). Very prestigeous researchers will be invited for plenary talks.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 01 2007.

No doubt it should be very pleasant to spend several days in Cozumel enjoying nice weather in December. Every day the sessions end early in the afternoon, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the beach. As the WOFE schedule say, the afternoon is the time for "break and networking", what means beach, or networking on the beach. Furthermore, there is a wonderful social programme, which includes one very interesting excursion.

I recommend researchers to go to WOFE. It is a very adequate event for networking in a very beautiful and relaxing place.