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Low-Voltage Tunnel Transistors for Beyond CMOS Logic

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2 Author(s)
Alan C. Seabaugh ; Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA ; Qin Zhang

Steep subthreshold swing transistors based on interband tunneling are examined toward extending the performance of electronics systems. In particular, this review introduces and summarizes progress in the development of the tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs) including its origin, current experimental and theoretical performance relative to the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET), basic current-transport theory, design tradeoffs, and fundamental challenges. The promise of the TFET is in its ability to provide higher drive current than the MOSFET as supply voltages approach 0.1 V.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:98 ,  Issue: 12 )