Emerging applications in aerospace, automotive, IoT and Industrial IoT among others, require electronics efficient enough to use ultra-low power sources even in harsh environmental conditions. Despite the ubiquitous use of transistors in every modern electronic device, they cannot perform in extreme environments. Thus, there is a critical need for computation solutions with very high energy efficiency that survive extreme environments.
In ZeroAMP, we will develop nanoelectromechanical (NEM) relay-based field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) with integrated non-volatile memory (NVM) that can work at temperatures up to 300 °C, with zero current leakage and standby power. The technology solution will incorporate novel materials, switch designs and circuit techniques along with advanced 3D stacking for large-scale integration of the NEM switching elements.