Beyond Moore’s Law: The future of the computing and electronics industry—June 22, 2021

NanoCanada, in partnership with Huawei, hosted a FREE workshop featuring Canadian researchers who are looking beyond Moore’s law by designing new materials, better architectures, and new ways to boost computational capabilities.

In 1965, Gordon E. Moore, cofounder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductors published his observation that during a seven-year period from 1958 to 1965, the number of transistors on an integrated circuit had doubled every 18-24 months and the price had dropped by half at the same time. This model known as Moore’s law has driven the information and communication technology industry to double the performance and functionality of digital electronics roughly every 2 years within a fixed cost, power and area. But miniaturization has its limits and the much anticipated atomic scale crunch is upon us with rising cost of fabrication and scale-related effects.

WATCH THE CONFERENCE VIDEO
AGENDA
9:00am-9:05am
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Introductory Remarks
Marie D’Iorio, President, NanoCanada
9:05am-9:35am
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Keynote: Laser fabrication of optical microsystems for photonics packaging
Dr. Peter R. Herman, University of Toronto
9:35am-9:45am
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Q&A
9:45am-10:15am
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Keynote: Quantum materials at the atomic scale
Dr. Adina Luican-Mayer, University of Ottawa
10:15am-10:25am
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Q&A
10:25am-10:55am
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Keynote: Radiation effects in advanced CMOS circuits
Dr. Li Chen, University of Saskatchewan
10:55am-11:05am
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Q&A
11:05am-11:35am
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Keynote: SiGe, SiGe:C and Ge for next generations of microelectronics and photonics
Dr. Guangrui (Maggie) Xia, University of British Columbia
11:35am-11:45am
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Q&A
11:45am
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Closing Remarks
SPEAKERS

Dr. Guangrui (Maggie) Xia

Prof. Guangrui (Maggie) Xia was born in Handan, China. She is currently an associate professor with UBC Materials Engineering. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining UBC, she worked at IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center, where she led the research of process modeling and simulations for 32 nm node CMOS technologies. Prof. Xia is an expert in SiGe materials and devices. Her group has a strong existence in the area of SiGe and SiGe:C processing and modeling. Process models from her work have been widely used in practice and implemented in the state-of-the-art semiconductor process simulation tools. In recent years, her research interests have expanded to Ge lasers and monolithic III-V laser integration on Si and Ge and GaN transistors.

Dr. Adina Luican-Mayer

Adina Luican-Mayer is an assistant professor in the Physics Department at uOttawa since January 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany (2006) and her PhD in Physics from Rutgers University (2012) in the US. Prior to joining uOttawa, she was the Alexei Abrikosov postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research group focuses on uncovering the novel electronic properties of low-dimensional quantum systems using scanning probe microscopy and supporting spectroscopic techniques.

Dr. Li Chen

Li Chen received the B.S degree from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China in 1991, and M.Eng and Ph.D. degree from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Dr. Chen has been the faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan since 2006, where he was endowed with the Barbhold Chair Professor in Information Technology. He was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2011 and 2016, respectively. His main research interests are in radiation effects and fault-tolerant microelectronics. He has more than 100 publications in referred journals and conferences proceedings.

Dr. Peter R. Herman

Peter R. Herman received the B.Eng. degree (1980) in Engineering Physics at McMaster University.  He earned MASc (1982) and PhD (1986) degrees studying lasers and diatomic spectroscopy in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto that followed with a post-doctoral position at the Institute of Laser Engineering in Osaka University, Japan (1987) to the study of laser-plasma physics and x-ray lasers. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1988 where he currently holds a full professor position.  Professor Herman directs a large and collaborative research group that develops and applies laser technology and advanced beam delivery systems to control and harvest laser interactions in new frontiers of 3-D nanofabrication.  Our mantra is: “We begin with light and we end with light devices.” To this end we are inventing new methods for processing internally inside optical materials that carve out highly compact and functional lightwave circuits, microfluidics, optofluidic systems, biophotonic sensors, and smart medical catheters. Our end goals are inventing new manufacturing processes and extending optical device and Lab-on-a-chip concepts towards more compact Lab-on-a-fiber and Lab-in-a-film microsystems.