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Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar: Architecture at the Nanoscale
Friday, March 9, 2007 - 2:00pm to Friday, March 9, 2007 - 3:00pm

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the ECE507 Seminar Winter 2007 Series: Architecture at the Nanoscale.

Title: "Architecture at the Nanoscale "

Speaker: Dan Hammerstrom, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research, Maseeh College, Portland State University

Date: Friday, March 9, 2007

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: BA, 190

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (503) 725-3806 or

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As we move to deep submicron and on to molecular scale circuits, IC design is challenging designers with unacceptable power density, unreliable components, quantum side effects, expensive interconnect, probabilistic design, etc. Alleviating these shortcomings will require new architectures and computational models. Motivated by the fact that biological systems have successfully dealt with similar issues, we are using biological models as a guide to develop new models of computation, architecture, and adaptive materials that are more suitable to molecular scale electronics.

Speaker Biography

Dan Hammerstrom received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1977 in electrical engineering. He was an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Cornell University from 1977 to 1980. In 1980 he joined Intel in Oregon, where he participated in the development and implementation of the iAPX-432, the i960, and iWarp. In 1988 he founded Adaptive Solutions, Inc. which specialized in high performance silicon technology (the CNAPS chip set) for image processing and pattern recognition. He returned to the Oregon Graduate Institute in 1997, where he was the Doug Strain Professor. In 2004, Prof. Hammerstrom joined Portland State University, where he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Associate Dean for Research in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.