Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Sutardja Dai Hall
The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is a NSF funded Science and Technology Center that was established in 2010 in response to increasing energy consumption by information-processing equipment. Energy consumption has been growing dramatically with time, both on an absolute basis and as a fraction of the total.
Current technology is dependent on the transistor, which suffers from a serious voltage-dependent limitation. The energy per bit-function in digital electronics is currently one million times higher than it needs to be. CMOS technology currently dissipates a minimum of about 30,000 eV per digital function. To achieve the 2007 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors’ goal of reducing the dissipation value to about 800 eV per digital function by the Year 2022, new science is necessary for the development of a millivolt electronic switch that will lead to a successor to the conventional transistor and, thereby, resulting in a paradigm shift in digital electronics.
The Center for E3S is a consortium of four academic institutions working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make the fundamental and conceptual breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry and materials science that are necessary to reduce energy consumption in electronic systems by orders of magnitude. UC Berkeley is the lead institution in the Center with Professor E. Yablonovitch of the EECS Department serving as the Center Director. Other academic institutions participating in the research programs of the Center are MIT, Stanford and Tuskegee.