There's Plenty of Room at the Top: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | August 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu, UC Berkeley, EECS

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The virtuous cycle of integrated-circuit "microchip" technology advancement has been sustained for over 50 years, resulting in the proliferation of information technology (IT) with dramatic economic and social impact. Although there is still some “room at the bottom” today to manipulate and control matter at ever smaller scales, physics and economics limit the benefits of further transistor miniaturization.

In this seminar I'll explain why transistor-based microchips have a fundamental energy efficiency limit and then discuss how the computational functionality and energy efficiency of microchips can be enhanced by integrating nano-electro-mechanical switches on top of transistors, to sustain the IT revolution.

Tsu-Jae King Liu is the Dean of the College of Engineering. She is renowned for co-developing the three-dimensional “FinFET” transistor design that is used in all leading-edge microprocessor chips today. Awards include the DARPA Significant Tech Achievement, the Semiconductor Industry Assoc Outstanding Research, and the Aristotle Award for Semiconductor Research. She also won the Faculty Mentor Award (2010) for advising grad students and the EECS outstanding teaching award!