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Scaling of graphene integrated circuits

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Abstract

The influence of transistor size reduction (scaling) on the speed of realistic multi-stage integrated circuits (ICs) represents the main performance metric of a given transistor technology. Despite extensive interest in graphene electronics, scaling efforts have so far focused on individual transistors rather than multi-stage ICs. Here we study the scaling of graphene ICs based on transistors from 3.3 to 0.5 μm gate lengths and with different channel widths, access lengths, and lead thicknesses. The shortest gate delay of 31 ps per stage was obtained in sub-micron graphene ROs oscillating at 4.3 GHz, which is the highest oscillation frequency obtained in any strictly low-dimensional material to date. We also derived the fundamental Johnson limit, showing that scaled graphene ICs could be used at high frequencies in applications with small voltage swing.

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The article was received on 16 Feb 2015, accepted on 27 Mar 2015 and first published on 15 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01126D
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 8076-8083
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    Scaling of graphene integrated circuits

    M. Bianchi, E. Guerriero, M. Fiocco, R. Alberti, L. Polloni, A. Behnam, E. A. Carrion, E. Pop and R. Sordan, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 8076
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01126D

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