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15 Semiconductor Electronic Innovations for 2021

Each year, the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) highlights innovations in semiconductor tech.

Known as the global forum for the presentation of applied research in transistors and related semiconductor devices, this year’s 66th IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) theme was, “Innovative Devices for a Better Future.”

As in previous years, major semiconductor players including and international research organizations (e.g., imec, CEA-Leti, global universities, and others) presented the latest detailed technology for processors, memories, interfaces, and power device devices for the IoT, energy grid, quantum computing, displays, medical and other applications.

“The IEDM can be viewed as a leading technology indicator,” said Meng-Fan (Marvin) Chang, IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University. “That is because the program will disclose state-of-the-art results from semiconductor manufacturers and research institutions around the world. This combination of scientific research and industrial innovation allows the IEDM to provide an excellent snapshot and forecast of the semiconductor industry.”

The following gallery highlights but a few of the total number of presentations, plenary keynotes, tutorials, and more.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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