Challenges of electronic CAD in the nano scale era
Future nano scale devices will expose different characteristics than todays silicon devices. While the exponential growth of non recurring expenses (NRE, mostly due to mask sets) can be anticipated even for new technologies, problems such as the dramatically increased defect density require new approaches to build functional devices at reasonable prices. Improved CAD algorithms can help to solve these problems, or in some cases, they can be seen as enabling technology to broaden the use of paradigms such as reconfigurable computing. In this work we discuss in which stages of design, manufacturing, and deployment new CAD algorithms are required.
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