About Materials and Devices Research at MSD

FCRP Legacy Content

FCRP Phase V ended on 31-Jan-2013, and this content may no longer be current.

Longer term microelectronics research is now being sponsored by DARPA and industry participants in STARnet (FCRP Phase VI).


Dimitri Antoniadis, Center Director

The mission of the Center for Materials, Structures and Devices is to conceive and explore paths that overcome the limits of Si CMOS scaling on the continuing evolution of electronics. This mission is to be accomplished in two prongs: CMOS-extension, where new device materials, structures and operating principles are pursued to overcome power-performance limitations of scaled transistors in future CMOS circuits, and CMOS-plus where system performance enhancement and functional diversification are pursued via heterogeneous device integration with CMOS. Both prongs are essential for continuing the leadership of US industry in critical IT, portable electronics, and system-on-chip applications in the commercial and defense sectors.


Research Focus

The MSD Center will pursue its two-pronged mission in research organized in six Themes. Five of the Themes are concentrated on experimental research in device science and technology while the sixth one closely collaborates with them to address key technology and device issues by advanced modeling and simulation. Theme 6 provides both guideposts for experiments and feedback through correlation of models and results. The Themes are as follows:

  • CMOS extension: Si-Ge Devices and Structures
  • CMOS extension: III-V Devices and Structures
  • CMOS extension: Carbon-Based Devices and Structures
  • CMOS plus: Embedded Memory Structures and Devices
  • CMOS plus: Functional Diversification of Electronics
  • Theory, Modeling and Simulation for CMOS-extension and CMOS-plus



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