Deliverable 8.3: Technology Outlook in Nanoelectronics and harmonization of NEREID roadmaps with International Roadmaps

Authors: Montserrat Fernandez-Bolanos Badía, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH; Mihai Adrian Ionescu, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE, CH


The goal of this deliverable is to compare and discuss possible harmonization directions, when possible, for the future of the European Nanoelectronics Roadmap developed within NEREID H2020 European project, as compared to the IEEE International Roadmap of Devices and Systems (IRDS). While the international dimension of IRDS appears to be larger, differences between the two can result from some of the European industrial priorities as well as from the longer‐term academic vision that motivated the NEREID roadmap. On the other hand, IRDS is mainly devoted to computing systems while the NEREID Roadmap is also interested in many other electronic systems. In addition, the Roadmap for More than Moore technologies (sensors, power devices, components and circuits for energy harvesting and storage), which is a very important European strength, is only developed in NEREID.

The methodology adopted is based on analysis of structure, technical priorities and thematic keywords in the chapters of two roadmaps. The identified challenges and technology priorities are summarized in a table comparing NEREID chapters with similar chapters in IRDS. Overall, the structure of the chapters of NEREID roadmap cover future technological challenges in a system‐centric approach, including the functional components and their co‐integration: nanoscale FETs, connectivity, smart sensors, smart energy and energy storage for autonomous systems but also the roadmapping of systems at a higher level (under smart systems). The system‐centric approach is one of the strong points of NEREID and connects it better with More than Moore domain and with Internet of Things application platforms than in case of IRDS. NEREID also covers sustainability aspects of the European ecosystem (via manufacturability) that can be easily extended to international level. For the case of Beyond CMOS, the NEREID roadmap is more diverse and addresses research challenges providing quantitative information where available, or where it can be estimated. Thus, benchmarking and figures of merit are not addressed at the same level as in other chapters partly because the research is not a linear process and Europe has a very diverse and strong community in this field.

In the case of IRDS roadmap, the chapters are built in a more standalone manner and with more technical details than in NEREID, resulting from activities of many large teams of specialists. However, the impression is that the respective teams interact less than in NEREID and are strongly driven by the priorities of international leading industries even though the academic research is involved. The sections of IRDS show both overlap and differences with NEREID; they include many fields such as application benchmarking, beyond CMOS, More Moore, outside systems connectivity, emerging research materials, systems and architectures, packaging integration, lithography, metrology, yield, factory Integration, environment‐safety and health.

The interactions between the two roadmaps have been positive and inspirational and the continuity in building them is considered crucial for the future success of the European nanoelectronics and future digital platforms. The observed combination of both harmonized on non‐harmonized topics should be perceived as a motivating basis for more future interactions as well as the result of complementary strengths of Europe, USA and Asia. NEREID Consortium thinks that a future continuation of roadmapping is a key ingredient for the possible new European mechanism of missions; a successful ''mission‐based'' approach cannot be well formulated and planned without a strongly supporting roadmapping activity, which should be contextually compared at international level.

Publication Date: 2018/05/15

Location of Publication: NEREID Website

Keywords: System Design; Research/Education