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Prof. Thomas Mikolajick & Prof. Yana Vaynzof , TU Dresden

9th DDc lunch retreat: „Active back-end of line for in-memory computing / Responsible electronics in the climate change era“

14.10.2021 (Thursday) , 12:30 - 01:30

On October 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., our 9th DRESDEN-concept lunch retreat will take place.

The key speakers Prof. Thomas Mikolajick (TUD) and Prof. Yana Vaynzof (TUD) will present two proposals for potential excellence clusters:

  • "Active back-end of line for in-memory computing"
  • "Responsible electronics in the climate change era"

After the presentation, there will be room to give feedback and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Moderator of the lunch retreat is Prof. Stefan Mannsfeld (TUD).

The meeting will be held in English as a videoconference (Zoom). All DDc scientists are cordially invited to join and discuss with the key speakers.


Please register by following the link below. You will receive the link to the videoconference shortly before the DDc lunch retreat.

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The first proposal deals with the main technological challenges in future microelectronics. Looking into the future in 2030 and beyond, radical new approaches will be required to maintain Moore’s Law. In the proposal “Active Back-End of Line for in-memory Computing” the paradigm that the active devices are only in the silicon layer is challenged by developing back-end compatible active devices like transistors and memory cells. Therefore, the back-end is not used for wiring only but can perform active operations. Moreover, the availability of distributed nonvolatile memory cells will help to overcome another major limitation of today´s microelectronics, the so-called von-Neumann bottleneck and as a result, will enable extremely low power electronics. This initiative brings together the leading German experts in the field of microelectronics from TU Dresden and RWTH Aachen. It will either be submitted as an Excellence Cluster or a Transregio SFB depending on the situation in both universities.

The second proposal “Responsible Electronics in the Climate Change Era” will develop a range of new strategies for the conceptualisation and realisation of responsible electronic devices. In our initiative we take a holistic approach to this multi-faceted and multi-domain challenge and envision contributions from natural scientists, engineers, computer scientists as well as social scientists, lawyers, economists, psychologists and educationalists. We plan to address the following fields:

Energy: novel types of devices for energy generation and storage; new approaches for computing that will drastically reduce its energy consumption; enhanced energy efficiency of electronic devices;
Resources: e-waste reduction by e.g., biodegradable electronics; electronics made from environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and Earth abundant materials (also termed ‘green electronics’); upgradable and repairable electronics;
Society: e.g., examining the nature of human interaction with electronics, both as a normal behaviour and as a pathology (e.g. obsession, compulsion, addiction), Life-cycle analysis; circular economy.

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