Institute of Physics Gareth Roberts Memorial Lecture
From CMOS to Neuromorphic Computing: A peek into the future
Professor Maria Merlyne De Souza, Sheffield University
At the heart of the electronics revolution lies a three-terminal transistor: the humbled Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET). Combining p and n-type MOSFETS forms the basic unit of complementary logic that inverts a signal ‘1’ to ‘0’ and vice-versa. Scaling of this transistor according to Moore’s Law has had a transformative effect on society, giving us products from computers and laptops to smartphones, that have made life virtually unrecognisable from 50 years ago.
This talk will focus on the physics of operation of the MOSFET leading towards present-day challenges of sub-threshold operation. Ccombining memory with CMOS presents one possible pathway for massively-parallel and highly energy-efficient neurotrophic computing systems of the future.
Professor De Souza received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1994. She became Professor of Electronics and Materials at the Emerging Technologies Research Centre, De Montford University in 2003 and Professor of Microelectronics at the University of Sheffield in 2007. Her current interests are in solid-electrolyte ZnO thin film transistors for synaptic applications and health, on-chip integration for GaN Power Management ICs and high-performance RF power amplifiers.
Tea and coffee will be available half an hour before the start of the talk (ie. from 18:30).
Attendance is free, and the venue is large so registration is not required. Just turn up!
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