Comparing CMOS and NEMS adiabatic circuits: A system overview

Author: S. Houri


In this work, a detailed analysis and comparison of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) and CMOS technologies for low power adiabatic logic implementation is presented. Fundamental limits and key parameters that govern the dissipation-performance relationship are identified for these technologies. Two NEMS-based solutions, a switch-based and a resonator-based solution, are investigated. Finally, the contribution of the power-clock or energy recovery generator is estimated in order to compare CMOS and NEMS-based adiabatic architectures at the system level.