Electromechanical switches were the core elements of the very first digital computers in early 20th century. While these switches were later replaced by the smaller, faster and more reliable "transistor" technology, they found a new life following the development of nanofabrication tools and Micro-electromechannical Systems (MEMS). In this seminar we will explore the most recent advances in the field of MEMS-based digital circuit and sensor design. We also examine the application of MEMS switches and resonators in building the most important blocks of a digital system, namely adders, multipliers, data converters, sequential and combinational complex logic, and discuss the future of this technology in the beyond-CMOS era.
Hossein Fariborzi received his PhD from Massachusetts institute of Technology in 2013 and joined Oracle Labs as a research associate. He joined KAUST in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests include digital circuit design, beyond-CMOS technologies for low power circuits and systems, brain-inspired neuromorphic computing, machine learning powered circuit design, spintronics circuit and memory design.