Alternate state variables for emerging nanoelectronic devices

Kosmas Galatsis*, Alex Khitun, Roman Ostroumov, Kang L. Wang, William R. Dichtel, Edward Plummer, J. Fraser Stoddart, Jeffrey I. Zink, Jae Young Lee, Ya Hong Xie, Ki Wook Kim

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We provide an outlook of some important state variables for emerging nanoelectronic devices. State variables are physical representations of information used to perform information processing via memory and logic functionality. Advances in material science, emerging nanodevices, nanostructures, and architectures have provided hope that alternative state variables based on new mechanisms, nanomaterials, and nanodevices may indeed be plausible. We review and analyze the computational advantages that alternate state variables may possibly attain with respect to maximizing computational performance via minimum energy dissipation, maximum operating switching speed, and maximum device density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4627458
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Logic
  • Memory
  • Molecular electronics
  • Nanodevices
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Spintronics
  • State variable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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