LONDON Researchers at the University of Southampton's Electronics and Computing Science Department are to work on the integration of nanostructures with other emerging technologies such as MEMS and nanospintronics to develop more powerful and smaller devices when the University's Mountbatten Building opens next year.
The team will be led by Professor Hiroshi Mizuta, who has just joined the ECS. Mizuta says the interdisciplinary research complex facilities planned for the £55 million Mountbatten Building will allow him to carry out extensive research into nanotechnology and develop more hybrid devices and systems.
He plans to collaborate with other groups such as the Optoelectronics Research Centre, and academics in engineering science, physics and chemistry in the project.
Professor Mizuta made a major contribution to the field when he and his colleagues developed a high-speed single-electron memory and a memory device called PLEDM (Phase-state Low Electron-number Drive Memory), a single chip that enables instant recording and accessing of a massive amount of information while consuming very little power, when he was a laboratory manager for Hitachi Research in Cambridge, England.
At ECS, Professor Mizuta plans to combine the conventional top-down approach to silicon nanoelectronics with a bottom-up approach which will enable him to introduce atomically-controlled nanoscale building blocks such as nanodots, nanowires and nanotubes to make novel nanodevices.
"We now need a paradigm shift from conventional 'More Moore' technology to 'More than Moore' and 'Beyond CMOS' technologies. I believe that if we adopt unique properties of well-controlled nanostructures and co-integration with other emerging technologies such as NEMS, nanophotonics and nanospintronics, we can develop extremely functional information processing devices, faster than anything we could ever have imagined with just conventional 'More Moore' technologies," said Professor Mizuta.