A Paradigm Shift in the Design Analog and Mixed-Signal Nanoelectronic Circuits and Systems (DISRUPTIVE)

Type: National Project

Duration: from 2013 Apr 01 to 2016 Mar 31

Financed by: FCT

Prime Contractor: UNINOVA (University) - Lisboa, Portugal

This project proposes a global paradigm shift in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems. The basic idea is to make use of the future transistors’ excellent switching speeds (nanoswitches) and higher bandwidth with lower power dissipation and latency. Since, transistors will not have enough intrinsic gain and will suffer from high variability, analog and mixed-signal blocks will not be designed as traditional amplifier-based circuits. Instead, they will be based on passive devices (resistors, capacitors and inductors) and the transistors will be used only as nanoswitches, as variable capacitors (varactors), or as logic gates.


  • INESC-ID (Other)
  • Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) (Other) - Lisbon, Portugal
  • UNINOVA (University) - Lisboa, Portugal

Principal Investigators