67th IEDM to consider 2D materials and 3D architectures

67th IEDM to consider 2D materials and 3D architectures

Selected Technical Highlights:

  • A Stretchable Amplifier for Smart Textiles, from a Tsinghua University-led team
  • 3D at the Device Level, from IBM and Samsung
  • GaN Meets Moore’s Law, from Intel
  • GaN at Up to 10 kV, from a Virginia Tech-led team
  • Record FeRAM Performance for Embedded Memory, from Intel
  • Record Quantum Efficiency for NIR/SWIR Sensors, from STMicroelectronics
  • A Marriage of Photonics and Terahertz Electronics, from Osaka University
  • Five Focus Sessions in areas of intense research interest (Device Technology for Quantum Computing; Stacking of Devices, Circuits, Chips; STCO for Memory-Centric Computing and 3D Integration; Topological Materials, Devices and Systems; Technologies for AR/VR and Intelligent Sensors)

The  67th annual IEDM will be held from December 11–15, 2021 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel.

This year’s theme is “Devices for a New Era of Electronics: From 2D Materials to 3D Architectures,” chosen to reflect two powerful industry trends: the use of so-called 2D materials (having thicknesses measured in atoms) in order to further miniaturize transistors; and the use of a variety of 3D architectures to incorporate more features and performance from the device to the chip to the package.

Here are some details of the 2021 meeting:

90-Minute Tutorials – Saturday, Dec. 11

The 90-minute Saturday tutorial sessions on emerging technologies have become a popular and growing part of the IEEE IEDM. They are presented by experts in the field to bridge the gap between textbook-level knowledge and leading-edge current research, and to introduce attendees to new fields of interest:

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  • Beyond the FinFET Era: Challenges and Opportunities for CMOS Technology, Kai Zhao, IBM
  • TCAD-Based DTCO and STCO, Asen Asenov, University of Glasgow
  • 6G Technology Challenges from Devices to Wireless Systems, Aarno Pärssinen, Oulu University

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Selective and Atomic-Scale Processes for Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, Robert Clark, TEL
  • Machine Learning for Semiconductor Device and circuit Modeling, Elyse Rosenbaum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • GaN Power Device Technology and Reliability, Dong Seup Lee, Texas Instruments


IEDM Short Courses – Sunday, Dec. 12

In contrast to the Tutorials, the full-day Short Courses are focused on a single technical topic. Early registration is recommended, as they are often sold out. They offer the opportunity to learn about important areas and developments, and to network with global experts.

  • Future Scaling and Integration Technology, organized by Dechao Guo, IBM Research
  • Processes and Materials Engineering Innovations for Advanced Logic Transistor Scaling, Benjamin Colombeau, Applied Materials
  • Interconnect Resistivity: New Materials, Daniel Gall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Metrology and Material Characterization for the Era of 3D Logic and Memory, Roy Koret, Nova Ltd.
  • Beyond FinFET Devices: GAA, CFET, 2D Material FET, Chung-Hsun Lin, Intel
  • Heterogenous Integration Using Chiplets & Advanced Packaging, Madhavan Swaminathan, Georgia Tech
  • Design-Technology Co-Optimization/System-Technology Co-Optimization, Victor Moroz, Synopsys


  • Emerging Technologies for Low-Power Edge Computing, organized by Huaqiang Wu, Tsinghua University and John Paul Strachan, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Mobile NPUs for Intelligent Human/Computer Interaction, Hoi-Jun Yoo, KAIST
  • Brain-Inspired Strategies for Optimizing the Design of Neuromorphic Sensory-Processing Systems, Giacomo Indiveri, University of Zurich
  • Memory-Based AI & Data Analytics Solutions, Euicheol Lim, SK hynix
  • Material Strategies for Memristor-Based AI Hardware and their Heterointegration, Jeehwan Kim, MIT
  • RRAM Devices for Data Storage and In-Memory Computing, Wei Lu, University of Michigan
  • Practical Implementation of Wireless Power Transfer, Hubregt Visser, IMEC


Plenary Presentations – Monday, Dec. 13

  • The Smallest Engine Transforming Our Future: Our Journey Into Eternity Has Only Begun, Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO, Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division
  • Creating the Future: Augmented Reality, the Next Human-Machine Interface, Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist, Facebook Reality Labs
  • Quantum Computing Technology, Heike Riel, Head of Science & Technology, IBM Research and IBM Fellow


Luncheon – Tuesday, Dec. 14

There will be a career-focused luncheon featuring industry and scientific leaders talking about their personal experiences in the context of career growth. The speakers will be:

  • Sophie Vandebroek, Founder & Owner, Strategic Vision Ventures LLC. Dr. Vandebroek is a seasoned executive with extensive C-level experience at IBM, Xerox and UTC, and has served on public and private company boards since 2008. She is an expert in the creation and application of technologies that drive growth, and in the governance of inclusive and innovative global organizations. Dr. Vandebroek was previously VP of Emerging Technology Partnerships for IBM; Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research; CTO and Corporate Vice President at Xerox; and Board Chair of Xerox PARC, among other noteworthy roles.
  • Deji Akinwande, Temple Foundation Endowed Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Akinwande invented 2D memory, also known as atomristors. He has been honored with the 2018 Fulbright Specialist Award, 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, the U.S Presidential PECASE award by President Obama, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, and several DoD Young Investigator awards, among many others.


Evening Panel Session – Tuesday evening, Dec. 14

A staple of the IEEE IEDM conference is the evening panel session, an interactive forum where experts give their views on important industry topics, and audience participation is encouraged to foster an open and vigorous exchange of ideas. The title of this year’s evening panel is “Is Hardware/Software Co-Design a Necessary Evil or a Symbiotic Partnership?” Moderated by Myung-hee Na, Semiconductor Technologist and VP of the Revolutionary Technology Center at SK hynix, it will explore the idea of what hardware/software co-design really means in terms of technology development and the introduction of new technology.

A vendor exhibition will be held once again.

For registration and other information, visit www.ieee-iedm.org.