Multi-function and cascadable MEMS logic device

Saad Ilyas, Nizar Jaber, Mohammad I. Younis*

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We present a reprogrammable Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) logic device that can perform the fundamental logic gate AND, a universal logic gate NAND, and a tristate logic gate using mixed-frequency excitation. The concept is based on exciting combination resonances due to the mixing of two or more input signals. The device vibrates at two steady states; a high state when the combination resonance is activated and a low state when no resonance is activated. These vibration states are assigned to logical value 1 or 0 to realize these logic gates. Using AC signals to drive the resonator and to execute the logic inputs unifies the input and output wave forms of the logic device, thereby opening the possibility for cascading among logic devices. Moreover, the ability to perform these logic operations at any input frequency using frequency mixing techniques allows for overcoming the limitation of having a fixed operating frequency. These characteristics of such logic devices lay down the basis to achieve complex computing operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 30th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509050789
StatePublished - Feb 23 2017
Event30th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jan 22 2017Jan 26 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
ISSN (Print)1084-6999


Conference30th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

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© 2017 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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