Researchers at the University of California have developed a field effect bipolar transistor (FEBT) on a unilateral silicon substrate using CMOS/BiCMOS technology for use in switching and amplification of electric signals and as a 1-transistor memory cell for storing information in a suitable circuit.
Transistors are semiconductor circuit elements used to control electron flow. They are often used as amplifiers and switches in electronic circuits due to their small size and low power consumption. As a result of their ubiquity in electronic devices, improvements made to the functionality of transistors can also improve electronics in general.
Researchers at the University of California have developed a field effect bipolar transistor (FEBT) on a unilateral silicon substrate that is fully compatible with BiCMOS/CMOS technology. The FEBT has current-controlled negative differential resistance, zero subthreshold swing between On/Off states at switching point (<1mV/dec), zero dynamic power consumption with above 60 dB on/off contrast, adjustable hysteresis with field effect channel charge modulation using gates, and negative transconductance steady state characteristics. The FEBT can be used independently or fully integrated with BiCMOS/CMOS technology and is suitable for static and memory structures, logic gates, on-chip ESD protection, amps, power amps, oscillators, charge pump, switches, duplexes, mixers, variable attenuation and high current devices. The FEBT provides multiple features in a single, compact, low-cost structure with zero added cost to the current semiconductor integrated circuit technology for low power, fast analog, digital, and mixed signal designs.
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