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Devices and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology

Exploring, identifying, modeling, and demonstrating new materials and devices to achieve ultra-efficient computing and increased performance.

Advanced manufacturing and integration

Leveraging our expertise in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and materials to develop novel nanomanufacturing methods to increase chip density.


Applying our expertise in advanced computing to exploit new devices, materials systems, and packaging technologies developed in the first two thrusts.

Programming models

Creating new paradigms integrated with the new systems that define how application designers interact with the machine.

Quantum materials research and discovery

Developing and understanding new synthetic materials and their electronic, spin, chemical, and physical properties.

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Developing EUV systems to address national needs in health, the environment, and semiconductor manufacturing.

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Creating a fundamental understanding and control of patterning processes for advanced manufacturing of future-generation microelectronics.

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Exploring new physics leading to higher energy efficiency in computing.

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Developing nano-material layers to add new capabilities to CMOS chips.

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Dedicated to determining the electronic structure of materials at the mesoscopic (10–100 nm) scale.

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Investigating how next-gen electronic materials respond to pulses of intense light.

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Developing semiconductors of novel composition and morphology for energy applications.

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Illustrating the potential of purpose-built architectures as a potential future for high-performance computing applications.

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Developing tools to allow design and simulation of digital superconductor electronic circuits.

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Developing an energy efficient, flexibly interconnected photonic data center architecture for extreme scalability.

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Developing a set of vendor-agnostic architectural explorations to quantify value to the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense.

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An open-source comprehensive method to evaluate emerging technologies.

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Building a large-scale HPC framework to simulate post-Moore architectures built using emerging technologies.

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A full physical electromagnetic simulation framework for modeling next-generation microelectronics.

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Enabling and supporting the development of next-generation HPC platforms and applications.

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Accelerating innovation in materials research for batteries, solar cells, and computer chips.

We foster strong partnerships that guide innovations from the Lab toward the marketplace. See our microelectronics technologies.

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The mission of the CHiPPS center is to create new fundamental understanding and control of patterning materials and processes with atomic precision. The goal is to enable the large-scale manufacturing of next-generation microelectronics.

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Our work shows that we need to go beyond the analogy of Lego blocks to understand devices made from stacks of disparate atomically-thin, two-dimensional materials. The seemingly distinct layers communicate through shared electronic pathways, allowing us to access and eventually design functionalities that are greater than the sum of the parts.

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We are interested in the topology of various photonic systems. We developed one of the first models that allow the understanding of the twist degree of freedom in moiré photonic structures and the prediction of novel optical properties in such systems.

Sayeef Salahuddin (left) and Nirmaan Shanker in the lab. Sayeef Salahuddin, a person with short black hair wearing a black blazer over a light blue collared shirt.

Berkeley Lab scientists have achieved record-high energy and power densities in microcapacitors made with engineered thin films, using materials and fabrication techniques already widespread in chip manufacturing. Their work paves the way for advanced on-chip energy storage and power delivery in next-generation electronics.

Berkeley Lab staff scientist Maurice Garcia-Sciveres is leading a collaboration with UC Berkeley and Sandia National Laboratories to develop powerful light-sensing microchips. The team is leveraging their expertise in nano-materials and integrated circuit design to develop new materials and techniques for smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient microelectronics that can be used to address societal challenges.

Berkeley Lab scientists are exploring ways to make energy-efficient microchips and push the boundaries of what’s possible in a world increasingly integrated with technology.

Eight 2-centimeter-tall 3D-printed devices fabricated from supramolecular ink that emits blue or white light. Colorful silicon wafer Scientist conducting experiments in a bunny clean room suit. Photo of gloved handed adjusting a quantum fridge with gloved hands and instruments. CPU desktop with the contacts facing up lying on the motherboard of the PC. the chip is highlighted with blue light. Technology background Kristin Persson, a brown-haired person wearing a black dress, points at her electrolyte genome 3D visualizations.