We live in an era of massive networks, that have become a vital part of our everyday lives. Everything surrounding us and every tool we use is becoming smart, day by day integrating itself into a larger ecosystem of information and data flow. Key aspect of maintaining and improving this data traffic is finding more efficient ways of storing, processing and transferring information. If we start breaking down the systems that facilitate such immense data flow and try to figure out what lies at the bottom of this data ocean, we will find little tiny rectangular structures, with shiny reflective surfaces, barely fitting on a fingertip. These are semiconductor microchips. Their capabilities of storing, processing, and transferring information have been growing at an exponential rate in the last few decades. In this lecture, we will learn what it takes to move a single bit efficiently from one point on a chip to another, in its simplest form. How to minimize the time it would take for the bit to travel, and what is the power trade-off in trying to optimize this delay. We will use simple inverter model to be able to quantify the mentioned phenomena.
Dr. Javid Musayev is a senior analog circuit design engineer at Rambus, Canada, a company developing IP products for high-speed interfaces, data security, and memory applications. He has obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2009, and 2011, and his PhD degree from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2018. From 2011 to 2013 he worked as analog circuit design engineer in Mikrosens, Ankara, a company developing infrared camera sensors and systems for commercial applications. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications in the fields of bio-electronics and wireless systems and has one US patent in processing. His further interests include wire-line systems, clocking systems, and digitally-assisted analog circuits.
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