Emerging Devices for Electronics and Beyond
As evidenced in the preceding chapter, electronics continues to evolve. Indeed, as described in the introduction of Chap. 1 the field has been evolving and changing since its inception: From the first electromechanical/chemical devices in the early nineteenth century to the introduction of vacuum tube devices at the beginning of the twentieth century, and on to modern solid-state electronics and the integrated circuit of today. As the integrated circuit advances toward its final level of maturity, electronics appears to be approaching yet another important crossroad in the first part of the twenty-first century. What lies beyond may be as drastic as the change, for example, in going from vacuum tubes to solid-state devices. Although it is difficult to predict the precise path electronics will take, the tremendous success of silicon planar processing is also enabling emerging devices and applications in diverse areas beyond traditional electronics that are already beginning to make an impact.
KeywordsLogic Circuit Nonvolatile Memory Phase Change Memory Subthreshold Slope Floating Gate
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