Functionality-Enhanced Device Technologies for Next Generation
Programmable Systems
Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon, PhD
pierre-emmanuel.gaillardon@epfl.ch
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland

Exploiting unconventional physical properties, several nanodevices show an alternative to Moore's Law by the increase of their functionality rather than the pure scaling. Innovative device behaviors transduce to new circuit/architecture opportunities.

In the first part of the talk, we will assess the use of Resistive memories (ReRAMs) to radically improve the different functional blocks of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Instead of only using the ReRAMs as memories, we will extend their use as nonvolatile switches and will design innovative circuits for routing elements. The outcome of such an approach is a complete redesign of the FPGA internal structure, demonstrating more density, higher performance and higher energy efficiency.

In the second part of the talk, we will move to a novel class of computation devices, that exhibit a controllable-polarity property. In particular, we will see that, by constructing independent double-gate structures, the polarity of vertically-stacked NanoWires FETs (NWFETs) can be electrostatically controlled to be either n- or p-type. This feature is desirable for digital computation. Indeed, controllable-polarity devices are logical biconditional on both gate values and enable a compact realization of XOR/MAJ-based logic functions, which are not implementable in CMOS in a compact form. In addition, the programmability at the transistor level can be exploited to realize ultra-fine grain blocks that would effectively replace the traditional Look-Up Tables (LUTs) in FPGAs.

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon, PhD

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon works for EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, as a research associate at the Laboratory of Integrated Systems (LSI). He holds an Electrical Engineer degree from CPE-Lyon, France (2008), a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from INSA Lyon, France (2008) and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France and the University of Lyon, France (2011). Starting January 2016, he will assume an assistant professor position within the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Previously, he was research assistant at CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France and visiting research associate at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA. Dr. Gaillardon is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and a TPC member for many conferences. His research activities and interests are currently focused on the development of reconfigurable logic architectures and circuits exploiting emerging device technologies and novel EDA techniques.

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