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Molecular Electronics: Devices, Systems and Tools for Gigagate, Gigabit Chips

Article by Michael Butts, André DeHon, and Seth Copen Goldstein appearing in Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD'02, November, 2002), p. 443--440.

New electronics technologies are emerging which may carry us beyond the limits of lithographic processing down to molecular-scale feature sizes. Devices and interconnects can be made from a variety of molecules and materials including bistable and switchable organic molecules, carbon nanotubes, and, single-crystal semiconductor nanowires. They can be self-assembled into organized structures and attached onto lithographic substrates. This tutorial reviews emerging molecular-scale electronics technology for CAD and system designers and highlights where ICCAD research can help support this technology.