Stefano Frache

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Many <i>facts</i> about emerging nanotechnologies are yet to be assessed. There are still major concerns, for instance, about maximum achievable device density, or about which architecture is best fit for a specific application. Growing complexity requires taking into account many aspects of technology, application and architecture <i>at the same time</i>.(More)
Biosequence alignment recently received an amazing support from both commodity and dedicated hardware platforms. The limitless requirements of this application motivate the search for improved implementations to boost processing time and capabilities. We propose an unprecedented hardware improvement to the classic Smith-Waterman (S-W) algorithm based on a(More)
Nanoscale arrays based on nanowires are expected to have a promising future thanks to their amazing density and regularity. Experiments demonstrated the feasibility of this technology and pointed out that accurate reliability analyses should be accomplished to assure proper yield requirements. Due to the complexity of these systems and the arising necessity(More)
Molecular nanoelectronics is attracting much attention, because of the possibility to add functionalities to silicon-based electronics by means of intrinsically nanoscale biological or organic materials. The contact point between active molecules and electrodes must present, besides nanoscale size, a very low resistance. To realize Metal-Molecule-Metal(More)
The promising features of Nanoscale array structures pave the way for interesting applications like biosequence alignment, that currently can be addressed only at the price of a huge overhead in terms of area and power dissipation. Nanofabrics, once technology will be mature enough, are expected to enormously overcome these limits, and assure an evident(More)
A common element in emerging nanotechnologies is the increasing complexity of the problems to face when attempting the design phase, because issues related to technology, specific application and architecture must be evaluated simultaneously. In several cases faced problems are known, but require a fresh re-think on the basis of different constraints not(More)
Biosequence alignment recently received an increasing support from both commodity and dedicated hardware platforms. Processing capabilities are constantly rising, but still not satisfying the limitless requirements of this application. We give an insight on the contribution to this need that can possibly be expected from emerging technology devices and(More)
Among the emerging technologies Field-Coupled devices like Quantum dot Cellular Automata are one of the most interesting. Of all the practical implementations of this principle NanoMagnet Logic shows many important features, such like a very low power consumption and the feasibility with up-to-date technology. However its working principle, based on the(More)
The analysis of effective expectations on emerging nanotechnologies, like Nano-magnetic Logic, is currently a difficult task. The lack of tools that enable the design at logic and physical level of nano-circuits does not allow to inspect properties that can be derived only considering circuits of reasonable complexity. We present results of an unprecedented(More)
Density and regularity are deemed as the major advantages of nanoarray architectures based on nanowires. Literature demonstrated that proper reliability analyzes must be performed and solutions have to be devised to improve nanoarrays yield. Their complexity and high-fault probability claim for specific design automation tools able to explore circuit(More)