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CMOS Nanotechnology 101

CMOS Nanotechnology 101

CMOS it the technology used for modern electronics. CMOS technology continues to advance because the number of transistors on a CMOS chip continues to double each technology generation. Device designers face many challenges as they scale (i.e. shrink) transistors in order to place more on a chip. The designers of billion transistor chips face a different set of challenges. Some are caused by the changing characteristics of devices as they get smaller. Others have to do with the delays cause by the wires used to connect all these transistors. Still others are caused by the large numbers of devices on a chip. This talk is an elementary introduction to CMOS technology. It will begin by explaining what “CMOS” stands for. It is designed to be accessible to the nonspecialist with an elementary understanding of transistors. My purpose is to explain the basic system considerations that designers deal with and to identify the challenges to maintaining progress in CMOS electronics


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