Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TED Call for Papers on Compact Modeling of Emerging Devices

Compact Models (CMs) for circuit simulation have been at the heart of CAD tools for circuit design for almost five decades. As the mainstream CMOS technology is scaled into the nanometer regime, development of a truly physical and predictive CM for circuit simulation that covers geometry, bias, temperature, DC, AC, RF, and noise characteristics becomes a major challenge. The last call for a special issue on “advanced compact models and 45-nm modeling challenges” was in 2005. Seven years have passed, new technology nodes have been implemented, compact models have evolved and new compact models as well as compact models for new devices are being developed. Therefore, there is a need for another special issue dedicated to the advancement and challenges in core field-effect transistor (FET) models for 32-nm technologies and beyond as well as emerging technologies. For the core FET models, the associated noise/mismatch and reliability/variability models as well as proximity effects have become an essential part of the modeling effort. High-frequency, high-voltage, high-power, high-temperature devices have been extensively investigated, and their CMs are being reported in the literature. Device/circuit interaction and layout-dependent proximity effects are also hot topics today that are essential in nanometer chip designs. It is timely to report advances in these CMs in the 32-nm/22-nm technology era.

Concurrently, nonclassical MOSFETs as well as their CMs, such as multigate FinFETs and nanowire FETs, partially/fully-depleted ultrathin body (UTB) SOT, and thin-film transistors (TFTs), have emerged over the past decades. With the announcement of FinFETs being used in 22-nm and sub-22nm technology nodes, the need for such core models for fabless designers becomes an urgent reality. In these nonclassical devices, transistors are essentially short-channel, narrow-width, and thin-body. Tt is also an interesting topic to discuss and debate on the two different formalisms “top-down” drift-diffusion formulation adding ballistic effects versus “bottom-up” quasi-ballistic formulation adding scattering effects for modeling the real devices that are somewhere in between. Heterogeneous integration of various devices into the CMOS platform also becomes an important trend.
In addition, it is also timely to report advances in CMs of emerging devices beyond traditional silicon CMOS, such as different materials (III-V/Ge channel, organic) and different source/drain injection mechanisms (Schottky-barrier, tunneling, and junctionless FETs). These emerging device options for future VLSI building blocks have been studied extensively, while good physical CMs are still lacking. The special issue in these topics will stimulate research and development to promote modeling efforts such that theory would lead and guide technology realization and selection for future generations.
The special issue for the TRANSACTIONS ON ELECTRON DEVICES on compact modeling of emerging devices is devoted to the review and report of advancements in CMs for 32-nm technologies and beyond, including bulk and nonclassical CMOS and their associated noise/mismatch and reliability/variability models, as well as various emerging devices as future generation device options. It is timely as the industry is in the transition from traditional planar bulk-CMOS towards vertical FinFET technologies, and exploration of heterogeneous integration with various materials and structural choices.

Please submit manuscripts by using the following URL:

Paper submission Deadline: June 30, 2013
Scheduled Publication Date: February 2014

Guest Editors:
Xing Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, 
Jamal Deen, McMaster University, 
Benjamin Iniguez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 
Christian Enz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 
Rafael Rios, Intel Corp.

If you have any questions about submitting a manuscript, please contact:
IEEE EDS Publications Office
445 Hoes Lane Piscataway JN 08854
Phone: +1 732 562 6855

Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TED.2013.2253418

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