IEDM unveils 2012 program highlights

The 58th annual International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) will take place December 10-12, 2012 at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square, preceded by a full day of Short Courses on Sunday, Dec. 9 and by a program of 90-minute afternoon tutorial sessions on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Highlights of the IEDM 2012 technical program, which comprises some 220 presentations, include Intel’s unveiling of its industry-leading trigate manufacturing technology; a plethora of advances in memory technologies from numerous companies; IBM’s demonstration of high-performance logic technology on flexible plastic substrates; continuing advances in the scaling of transistors to vanishingly small sizes, and breakthroughs in many other areas that will continue to move electronics technology forward.

“The IEDM can be a crystal ball looking into the future of technology evolution. Leading-edge technologies and novel devices reported at the conference will shine light on the industrial mainstream in the next three-to-five years,” said Tzu-Ning Fang, IEDM 2012 Publicity Chair and Senior Member, Technical Staff, at Spansion, Inc. “This year’s program shows a tremendous amount of work being done in emerging technologies, including novel materials such as molybdenum sulfide, new structures, 3D NAND memories, wider use of III-V materials, MRAM, nanowires and more.”

Besides the IEDM technical program, attendees will enjoy evening panel sessions, Short Courses, award presentations and other events, as follows:

90-Minute Tutorials — Saturday, Dec. 8

Back by popular demand for the second year, the IEDM will hold 90-minute tutorial sessions on emerging topics presented by experts in the fields. They are meant to bridge the gap between established textbook-level knowledge and the leading-edge research as presented during the conference. The tutorial sessions will be presented in parallel in two time slots. Advance registration is required.

2:45-4 p.m.

High Mobility Channel CMOS Transistors – Beyond Silicon by Shinichi Takagi, University of Tokyo

Fundamentals of GaN Based High Frequency Power Electronics by Tomas Palacios, M.I.T.

Spintronics for Embedded Non-Volatile Electronics by Tetsuo Endoh/Tohoku University and Arijit Roychowdhury/Intel


2D semiconductors – Fundamental Science and Device Physics by Ali Javey, University of California, Berkeley

Scaling Challenges of Analog Electronics at 32nm and Beyond by Mustafa Badaroglu/IMEC and Bram Nauta/University of Twente

Beyond Charge-Based Computing by Kaushik Roy, Purdue University

Short Courses — Sunday, Dec. 9

The IEDM offers two day-long short courses on Sunday, prior to the technical sessions. They provide the opportunity to learn about emerging areas and important developments, and to benefit from direct contact with expert lecturers. Advance registration is required. This year’s courses are:

Emerging Technologies for Post-14nm CMOS

Circuit and Technology Interaction

Plenary Presentations — Monday, Dec. 10

IEDM 2012 will open on Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. with three plenary talks:

Flexible Bio-Integrated Electronics by John A. Rogers, University of Illinois

State of the Art and Future Prospects in Display Technologies by Joo-Tae Moon, Senior VP, Director R&D Center, Samsung Display Company

Ultimate Transistor and Memory Technologies: Core of a Sustainable Society by Luc Van den hove, CEO and President IMEC

Emerging Technologies Session — Tuesday morning, Dec. 11

This year’s Emerging Technologies session is on the topic Spintronics: Magnetic Materials and Device Applications, organized by Stefan De Gendt of IMEC. Invited speakers from academia and industry will discuss the challenges, prospects and recent advances in spin-based technology, devices and systems. Following the discovery of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect more than a decade ago, this field has witnessed a veritable revolution encompassing materials and physical phenomena. Electronic devices based on spin transport are expected to play a major role in future information and communication technologies, as spintronic devices will use the spin degree of freedom to store, transport and process information. Papers in this session are:

Spin Transport in Graphene: Fundamental Concepts and Practical Implications by Abdelmadjid Anane et al, Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales

Thermal Spin Transport and Applications by S. Y. Huang et al, Johns Hopkins/National Tsing Hua University/Academia Sinica

Progress of STT-MRAM Technology and the Effect on Normally-Off Computing Systems, by H. Yoda et al, Toshiba

 Spin Transport in Metal and Oxide Devices at the Nanoscale, by Subir Parui et al, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Error Immunity Techniques for Nanomagnetic Logic, Brian Lambson et al, University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Boolean and Non-Boolean Computation With Spin Devices, Mrigank Sharad et al, Purdue University

Luncheon Presentation — Tuesday, Dec. 11

The IEDM Luncheon presentation will be given by Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc., on the topic Is the Fabless/Foundry Model Dead? We Don’t Think So. Long Live Foundry 2.0!

Evening Panel Sessions — Tuesday evening, Dec. 11

The IEDM will offer attendees two evening panel discussions. Audience participation is encouraged, with the goal of fostering an open and vigorous exchange of ideas. The panel topics are:

"Will Future Non-Volatile-Memory Contenders Disrupt NAND?" moderated by Al Fazio, Intel

 “The Mighty Little Transistor: FinFETs to the Finish or Another Radical Shift?” moderated by Suresh Venkatesan, GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Entrepreneurs Lunch — Wednesday noon, Dec. 12

New for 2012 is an entrepreneurs lunch. The speaker will be Weili Dai, cofounder of Marvell Technology Group and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell’s Communications and Consumer Business. One of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world, she was named No. 89 on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” earlier this year.

Further information

For registration and other information, interested persons should visit the IEDM 2012 home page at


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