Special Issue on - Ferroelectric Transistors for Advanced Logic, Analog, and Memory Applications



IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits


Special Issue on “Ferroelectric Transistors for Advanced Logic, Analog, and Memory Applications"

Guest Editor
Azad Naeemi, Georgia Institute of Technology, azad@ece.gatech.edu
Ian Young, Intel, ian.young@intel.com

Aims and Scope

With recent advancements in the growth and processing of ferroelectric materials and the emergence of CMOS compatible ferroelectrics, major research and development efforts are underway on ferroelectric transistors for logic, analog, and memory applications. With CMOS scaling facing challenges in improving energy efficiency and power density, research in this area is needed to augment the CMOS technology by lowering the required supply voltage or adding new features and functionalities, such as non-volatility or reconfigurability. Ferroelectric transistors also show great promise for non-traditional circuits, such as convolutional and spiking neural networks and in-memory computing. Research in this area spans many levels of abstraction: from fundamental physical properties and material processing and characterization, to various device concepts, and to circuit and system design and benchmarking.  
This special issue of the IEEE JXCDC will present the most recent developments in the area of ferroelectric transistors based on experiments and theoretical models. It aims to feature original papers on various aspects of this emerging technology, its challenges and opportunities, its intrinsic versus practical limits, and the circuits and systems it may enable.
Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:


1.    Advanced logic devices, such as negative capacitance transistors (NCFETs).
2.    Memory devices, such as single- and multi-state ferroelectric transistors and ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

3.    Analog devices, such as binary, multistate, or continuous synapses and oscillatory devices.

4.    Ferroelectric switching coupled to other computing variables, such as ferromagnetic, anti-ferromagnetic, and strain.

5.    Circuit- and system-level design and performance evaluation with ferroelectric devices.

6.    Emerging circuit and system concepts, such as convolutional and spiking neural networks, coupled oscillators, in-memory computing, and instant-on circuits.

Important Dates:

Open for Submission:  Feb 15th, 2019
Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2019
First Notification: May 15th, 2019
Revision Submission: June 15th, 2019
Final Decision: July 15th, 2019
Publication Online: August 1st, 2019                                                                 

Submission Guidelines:

The IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (JXCDC) IS AN OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATION: The Open Access Fee is: $1,350 USD per article. Article submissions must be done through the ScholarOne Manuscripts website:  https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jxcdc.
Guidelines for papers and supplementary materials, as well as a paper template, are provided at this website. Inquiries for the JxCDC Journal should be sent to:  JXCDC@IEEE.ORG.

JxCDC is sponsored by:

  • IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
  • IEEE Magnetics Society
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • IEEE Nanotechnology Council
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society
  • IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation
  • IEEE Council on Superconductivity 

Paper Format Description:

Papers can have 2 parts – the first part is a 4-8 page main paper (following a strict format – template available from website), and the second part is the supplementary material.  The main paper itself will focus on describing why the work is important, the state of the prior art, the key new accomplishment(s) or results, and then what the research directions are going forward. The main paper can have an accompanying supplementary material (detailed methods) part.  The supplementary material is not mandatory, but authors are strongly encouraged to submit supplementary material, which will increase the chance of acceptance. The supplementary material (detailed methods) will be peer reviewed along with the main paper.
Style guidelines for the main paper:
The main report (min. of 4, max. of 8) is written in format of a letter.  Due to their letter nature, the research must be original and must be of interest to research scientists/engineers and industry in related fields.
Abstract guidelines:

The report begins with a fully referenced paragraph, ideally 200 words aimed at readers in the general area of engineering and physical sciences. The references must be up-to-date (e.g. referring to the best available materials, devices, circuits) & convey the relevance and originality of the research. This paragraph starts with a 3-4 sentence basic introduction to the problem area explaining the relevance and the issues.  This is followed by a one-sentence statement of the main conclusions (e.g. 'Here we show' or equivalent phrase); and finally, 2-3 sentences putting the main findings into general context so it is clear how the results described in the paper have moved the field forwards.


The text of the article must be succinct and start with general audience and progressively increase the complexity for experts. The body of the main paper must provide clear context to the present work based on established industry roadmaps, figures of merit or generally accredited framework (computational throughputs, leakage power, long form Reviews of Modern physics, IEEE proceedings, Nobel lectures). To enable the comparison, it is encouraged that key quantitative findings of the paper are compared in a table with current references.   Any concluding statements at the end of the article must be short, since key conclusion is clearly articulated at the introduction. A repetition of the conclusions in the abstract should be avoided. Concluding statements explaining future possibilities or evolution are encouraged.

Style guidelines for supplementary material (methods paper):
The supplementary material is a unique format to encourage complete and clear communication of the relevant information to the experts in the area, while providing a citable source for the students for the innovations in scientific method: processing, modeling and theory. Long form derivations and code submissions are encouraged for theoretical and modeling papers. Modeling papers could, for example, provide all relevant data (not necessarily the code, but they could) required to reproduce or validate the results. The JxCDC encourages the authors to put the experimental details such as fabrication methods, detailed characterizations, models or simulation methods (if it is a theory paper). The supplementary information therefore documents innovations in the experimental and modeling scientific methods, e.g. an innovative process technique to avoid interface effects, newly adopted differential equation solvers or innovative developments in device/circuit analysis can be included (and students/researchers will have a citable source online). Background materials that help the reader can be referenced in the supplemental material.
The supplementary material part begins with an unreferenced abstract (typically 150 words) and is divided into separate sections for introduction, results, discussion and methods. Introduction and discussion are brief and focused. The results section usually contains a general description followed by their validation. The methods section provides technical details necessary for the independent validation of the methodology, without referring to a chain of bibliographical references. The text of the supplementary material (excluding abstract, methods, references and figure legends) is limited to 6000 – 7000 words.  Articles have no more than 12 display items (figures and tables). The results and methods should be divided by topical subheadings; the discussion may contain subheadings at the author’s discretion.   If statistical testing was used to analyze the data, the methods section can contain a subsection on statistical analysis. If significant EDA tools are employed, relevant validation can be provided for the novel approach. The experimental tools and the instrumentation used must be explained in a clear schematic preferably with the models (part numbers) mentioned.
In summary, all the new contributions and accomplishments are to be summarized in the 4 to 8 page main paper. The main paper format will be such that it can be understood by not only the expert, but also the non-expert (providing the context to someone unfamiliar, but wanting to follow progress in the field). All experimental or simulation methods to enable reproducing/validating the results of the paper are in the supplementary material (detailed methods) part.