Facing the challenge
of nanotechnology IC manufacturing
The Microelectronics Advanced Research Initiative focuses on
nanotechnology and the challenges involved in future integrated circuit manufacturing.
This initiative consists of fourteen projects, with more than forty partners.
Visiting the stand generates a feel for the challenges involved in nanotechnology, and
the research and development needed to manufacture future integrated circuits that are not
based on traditional Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. One stand
demonstration is of the high-temperature superconducting chip which, although consisting
of few elements, is one of the most complex circuits of this kind in the world. The
remainder of the exhibits will give a flavour of the state of the art of technology and
ongoing research in the laboratories. Visitors can see a video on nanoscale integrated
circuit technologies, the functioning of a Biochip, a chip made of superconducting
materials, nanometer structures (through a portable atomic force microscope) and a stamp
for printing those nanometer structures.