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Hybrid Carbon Nanotube - CMOS RF Microsystems

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 028158

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 515 060

  • EU contribution

    € 3 200 000

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

Objective

The aim of NANORF is to take advantage of the unique mechanical and electrical properties of Carbon Nanotubes (as RF NEMS) to hybridize with CMOS electronics for RF applications (1-5GHz). The project main targets are:
(i) Prospects concerning the figures of merit of CNTs as NEMS individual devices or/and as arrays (bundles) with particular focus on the following device architectures: nano-switches, nano-resonators using vertical or lateral individual and/or arrays of CNTs, tuneable varactors based on arrays of CNTs;
(ii) Develop technological pathways for carbon nanotube radio frequency electromechanical devices: modification/modulation of electrical conductivity under actuation, mechanical and electrical fundamental properties over large of temperature (from cryogenic to 2000C);
(iii) Develop hybrid CNT-CMOS technology based on dedicated effort for mastering compatibility issues between silicon CMOS and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (thermal budget, drift of characteristics induced by complementary technology);
(iv) Propose new RF NEMS design using individual CNT and vertically and/or laterally grown arrays of CNTs in precise locations on silicon wafers;
(v) Prospect on issues of hybrid CNT-CMOS RF device and IC co-design: coupling to electrodes, dimension control at nano-scale, signal-to-noise ratio, temperature drift;
(vi) Build RF hybrid CNT-CMOS circuit demonstrators: filters and oscillators (in general, tuneable RF NEMS blocks relevant for the RF front-end for future mobile communications systems).

The proposal essentially extends the performance and functionality of standard silicon RF CMOS ICs based on hybridization with one of the most promising nanotechnologies, the Carbon Nanotubes.

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Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Address

Switzerland

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

GOTEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 028158

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 515 060

  • EU contribution

    € 3 200 000

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland