"Nano-Relay Technology for Energy-Efficient Electronics"

Professor Jaeseok Jeon
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rutgers University

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CoRE Building Lecture Hall

Nano-Relay Technology for Energy-Efficient Electronics

Abstract: As the era of traditional Complementary-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) technology scaling is coming to an end, continual improvements in integrated-circuit (IC) performance and cost per function are becoming difficult to achieve without increasing power density. This necessitates the investigation of alternate device technologies that surmount the fundamental CMOS energy-efficiency limit and hence enable ultra-low-power ICs. To that end, a nano-electro-mechanical (NEM) relay technology is promising, because of its immeasurably low off-state leakage current and abrupt turn-on behavior, which provide for zero static power consumption and potentially very low dynamic power consumption.

In this talk, I will discuss recent research efforts in NEM relay technology, from both device- and circuit-level perspectives, which led to the successful demonstration of relay-based digital IC building blocks. In addition, I will discuss multi-input relay devices that can lead to smarter design and compact implementation of zero-leakage digital integrated circuits.

Biography: Jaeseok Jeon received the B.A.Sc. degree with first-class honours in electronics engineering from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. In 2011, he joined the Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In 2006, he was an electronics designer at Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company, and he was awarded the 2006 NSERC-USRA award. He was a co-recipient of the 2011 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions. His research interests include nano-electro-mechanical relay devices and technology for energy-efficient electronic systems and neural devices and circuits for efficient design of neuromorphic systems.