¡MIRA! Colloquium Series

¡MIRA! Colloquiua Series

The Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (¡MIRA!) and NCI-SW is pleased to present a series of free Colloquium presentations via Zoom on Thursdays, 4pm – 5pm (MST).  For more information, please email Judene Mclane.  An archive of previous presentations is available here.


On April 15, 2021, Bertrand Cambou (Northern Arizona University) will present:


The Nanoscale CMOS: From Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics



One of the driving forces of the microelectronic industry has been its ability to successfully shrink the size of the active components from the micrometer level to the 5 nm level. This has allowed to double the density of components per mm2every two years and increase performance. Going forward it seems that this breathtaking pace will continue for another 15 to 20 years. However, the investments needed are so commensurable that only three corporations worldwide were able to stay in the game. It is interesting to notice that two out of these three leaders are now massively investing in Arizona, making our state “the” hot spot worldwide.


This talk is a device physicist’s view of this journey, focusing on the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor), the most important component for microelectronics. Eventually the size of the active components will come too close to the size of elementary atoms, the laws of quantum physics will be predominant, opening up the era of quantum computing.


To connect to the colloquium via Zoom, please click this link.  Meeting ID: 845 9264 0799  Password: 575316