Nano Research

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Ultrathin flexible InGaZnO transistor for implementing multiple functions with a very small circuit footprint


small footprint, flexible electronics, neuromorphic circuit, logic gates, memory, sensors


There is a continuous demand to reduce the size of the devices that form a unit circuit, such as logic gates and memory, to reduce their footprint and increase device integration. In order to achieve a highly efficient circuit architecture, optimizations need to be made in terms of device processing. However, the time involved in the current reduction of device sizes according to Moore's Law has slowed down. Here, we propose a flexible transistor with ultra-thin IGZO (InGaZnO, indium-gallium-zinc-oxide) as the channel material, which not only scales down the footprints of multi-transistor logic gates but also combines the functions of the logic gates, memory, and sensors into a single cell. The transistor proposed here has an ultrathin semiconductor layer and can implement the typical functions of logic gates that conventionally have 2-6 transistors. Furthermore, it demonstrates the memory effect with a programming time as low as 5 ns. This design can also display various artificial synaptic behaviors. This new device design and structure can be adopted for the development of next-generation flexible electronics that require higher integration.


Tsinghua University Press