Low-power functionality of silicon-nanowire-assembled inverters on bendable plastics

Youngin Jeon, Myeongwon Lee, Minsuk Kim, Yoonjoong Kim, Sangsig Kim

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In this paper, we demonstrate the low-power functionality of silicon nanowire (SiNW)-assembled inverters on bendable plastics. Our bendable inverters are capable of operating at supply voltages as low as 0.8 V with a switching (or standby) power consumption of ∼0.2 nW (or ∼6.6 pW). The low-power inverting operation with a voltage gain of ∼18 is attributable to the near-ideal characteristics of the component transistors that have selectively thinned SiNW channels and exhibit low, symmetrical threshold voltages of 0.40 and −0.39 V and low sub-threshold swing values of 81 and 65 mV/dec. Moreover, mechanical bendability reveals that the inverting operation has good, stable fatigue properties. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1417
Number of pages9
JournalNano Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1

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© 2016, Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


  • bendable electronics
  • inverter
  • low-power functionality
  • silicon nanowire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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