DARPA Awards Major Contract to UCLA Electrical Engineering Faculty Members
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a multi-year contract totaling close to $7.2M to a team of researchers led by UCLA Electrical Engineering faculty member and Director of the Physical and Wave Electronics Area, Professor Jason Woo, to develop a revolutionary switching device. DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. The project is in collaboration with Jazz Semiconductor and other UCLA Engineering faculty including Electrical Engineering Professors Chi On Chui, Frank Chang, and Kang Wang and Materials Science Professor Ya-Hong Xie.
The basic device is an asymmetric tunnel transistor that takes advantage of band-to-band tunneling to produce characteristics that include ultra steep sub-threshold slope and Ion/Ioff ratio up to 1000x better than state-of-the-art MOSFET devices. Such devices will be designed to be scalable, have the ability to dramatically reduce circuit power consumption in both the on and off states, and be capable of integration with future SOI wafer based advanced CMOS nodes.