2021 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting to Unveil the Latest Advances in Semiconductors and Related Technologies

Will be an in-person event in San Francisco, CA from Dec. 11-15, with on-demand content available afterward

Selected Technical Highlights1

  • A Stretchable Amplifier for Smart Textiles, from a Tsinghua University-led team
  • 3D at the Device Level, from IBM and Samsung
  • GaN Meets Moore’s Law, from Intel
  • GaN at Up to 10 kV, from a Virginia Tech-led team
  • Record FeRAM Performance for Embedded Memory, from Intel
  • Record Quantum Efficiency for NIR/SWIR Sensors, from STMicroelectronics
  • A Marriage of Photonics and Terahertz Electronics, from Osaka University
  • Five Focus Sessions in areas of intense research interest (Device Technology for Quantum Computing; Stacking of Devices, Circuits, Chips; STCO for Memory-Centric Computing and 3D Integration; Topological Materials, Devices and Systems; Technologies for AR/VR and Intelligent Sensors)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 12, 2021) – The foundational elements of digital technologies – semiconductors and other micro/nanoelectronic devices – have become indispensable to modern life, and the place to learn about cutting-edge research in the field is the 67th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, to be held December 11–15, 2021 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel.

This year’s theme is “Devices for a New Era of Electronics: From 2D Materials to 3D Architectures,” chosen to reflect two powerful industry trends: the use of so-called 2D materials (having thicknesses measured in atoms) in order to further miniaturize transistors; and the use of a variety of 3D architectures to incorporate more features and performance from the device to the chip to the package.

At the IEEE IEDM each year, the world’s best scientists and engineers in the field gather to participate in a technical program consisting of more than 220 presentations, along with a variety of panels, Focus Sessions, Tutorials, Short Courses, IEEE/EDS award presentations, a supplier exhibit and other events which highlight leading work in more areas of the field than any other conference.

“This year the IEEE IEDM conference features a rich collection of presentations on topics that are on everyone’s minds. Among them are the advent of 2D materials, the growing number and diversity of 3D architectural concepts, the rise of system/technology co-optimization, and the possible end of Moore’s Law. Breakthroughs in these and other areas will be presented and discussed, and ultimately will help the industry and society as a whole move forward,” said Meng-Fan (Marvin) Chang, IEEE IEDM 2021 Publicity Chair, IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University, and Director of Corporate Research at TSMC.

“Also, it is great for IEEE IEDM to be back as an in-person event.  Last year’s virtual conference offered unique advantages, but the ability to interact with colleagues has been sorely missed,” he said.

“With 3D technologies offering many intriguing ways to get around scaling issues, they open up new and exciting possibilities for highly integrated systems with far greater capabilities,” said Srabanti Chowdhury, IEEE IEDM 2021 Publicity Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. “That is why even a casual reader of this year’s technical program wouldn’t miss the intense focus on 3D stacking technologies.”

Here are details of the 2021 IEEE IEDM:

90-Minute Tutorials – Saturday, Dec. 11

The 90-minute Saturday tutorial sessions on emerging technologies have become a popular and growing part of the IEEE IEDM. They are presented by experts in the field to bridge the gap between textbook-level knowledge and leading-edge current research, and to introduce attendees to new fields of interest:

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

IEEE IEDM Short Courses – Sunday, Dec. 12

In contrast to the Tutorials, the full-day Short Courses are focused on a single technical topic. Early registration is recommended, as they are often sold out. They offer the opportunity to learn about important areas and developments, and to network with global experts.

  • Future Scaling and Integration Technology, organized by Dechao Guo, IBM Research

Plenary Presentations – Monday, Dec. 13

  • The Smallest Engine Transforming Our Future: Our Journey Into Eternity Has Only Begun, Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO, Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division
  • Creating the Future: Augmented Reality, the Next Human-Machine Interface, Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist, Facebook Reality Labs
  • Quantum Computing Technology, Heike Riel, Head of Science & Technology, IBM Research and IBM Fellow

Luncheon – Tuesday, Dec. 14

There will be a career-focused luncheon featuring industry and scientific leaders talking about their personal experiences in the context of career growth. The speakers will be:

  • Sophie Vandebroek, Founder & Owner, Strategic Vision Ventures LLC. Dr. Vandebroek is a seasoned executive with extensive C-level experience at IBM, Xerox and UTC, and has served on public and private company boards since 2008. She is an expert in the creation and application of technologies that drive growth, and in the governance of inclusive and innovative global organizations. Dr. Vandebroek was previously VP of Emerging Technology Partnerships for IBM; Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research; CTO and Corporate Vice President at Xerox; and Board Chair of Xerox PARC, among other noteworthy roles.
  • Deji Akinwande, Temple Foundation Endowed Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Akinwande invented 2D memory, also known as atomristors. He has been honored with the 2018 Fulbright Specialist Award, 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, the U.S Presidential PECASE award by President Obama, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, and several DoD Young Investigator awards, among many others.

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