Emerging applications in aerospace, automotive and 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.
Harsh conditions are our conditions
By leveraging recent breakthroughs of the ZeroAMP partners on novel 4-terminal (4-T) relay, bistable relay, 3D integration and wafer-level packaging, we aim to build demonstrators validated in a laboratory environment, targeting improved energy efficiency and harsh-environment capability for two product families, namely FPGA and NVM.
The ZeroAMP project is a joint effort of 7 partners from industry, research institute and academia from four different European countries. ZeroAMP receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project started on 1 January 2020 and will run until 31 December 2023.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871740 (ZeroAMP).