30 Mar '12, 7pm

MEMS Switches for Low-Power Logic

MEMS Switches for Low-Power Logic

Images: Top: Rhesa Nathanael/UC Berkeley; Bottom: SEMATECH Mechanical Logic: This six-terminal relay [bottom], which boasts a 7.5-square-micrometer gate, and the larger four-terminal relay [top] are built so their gates and channels hover above the rest of the switch. Click on either image to enlarge. The integrated circuit has made such steady strides over the past 40 years that it’s easy to believe in a sort of “manifest destiny” for electronics. How could a year go by without the introduction of cool new gadgets boasting previously unimagined capabilities at amazingly affordable prices? But the chip industry is approaching a crisis. After decades of progress, continued improvement in power efficiency has begun to stall. If we want to continue proliferating cheaper, smaller electronics and usher in what many in the chip industry call an Internet of Things —a future full ...

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