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Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced that $194 million will
be dedicated during the next five years to six new university
microelectronics research centers to support the continued growth and
leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.
The Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet)
the Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR) at the University
the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel
Architectures (C-SPIN) at the University of Minnesota;
the Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME) at
the University of California, Los Angeles;
the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST) at the University
of Notre Dame;
the Center for Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs (SONIC) at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and
the TerraSwarm Research Center at the University of California,
“STARnet is a collaborative network of stellar university research
centers whose goal is to enable the continued pace of growth of the
microelectronics industry, unconstrained by the daunting list of
fundamental physical limits that threaten,” said Gilroy Vandentop, the
new SRC program executive director.
Funded by the DARPA as part of the Department of Defense and U.S.
semiconductor and supplier industries as a public-private partnership,
STARnet projects help maintain U.S. leadership in semiconductor
technology vital to U.S. prosperity, security and intelligence.
Annually, $40 million is dedicated to the program, with each center
receiving about $6 million.
SRC, the world's leading university-research consortium for
semiconductors and related technologies, administers the STARnet
program. Industry partners include Applied Materials, GLOBALFOUNDRIES,
IBM, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Raytheon, Texas Instruments
and United Technologies.
Successful Innovation through Advanced Research
By bringing together industry participants and DARPA, SRC has a
successful track record of not only helping provide state-of-the-art
military applications, but also laying the foundation for advancing the
microelectronics industry that is so vital to the U.S. economy. Beyond
military applications and workforce benefits, SRC technologies arising
from this university research make significant contributions to the $144
billion U.S. semiconductor industry.
The STARnet program supports 145 research professors and about 400
graduate students at 39 universities overall (including those from the
six research centers). The program is also helping develop the
next-generation of Ph.D. graduates in electrical engineering, computer
science, and the physical sciences.
The specific missions of the STARnet university research centers include:
C-FAR at University of Michigan: Research future scalable computer
systems architectures that maximally leverage emerging circuit fabrics
to enable whole new commercial/defense application areas through a
highly collaborative research agenda. Participating universities
include: Columbia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern,
Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, Illinois, Washington and
C-SPIN at University of Minnesota: Bring together multi-disciplinary
researchers in the area of spintronic materials, devices, circuits and
architectures to explore and create the fundamental building blocks
that allow revolutionary spin-based multi-functional, scalable memory
devices and computational architectures to be realized. Participating
universities include: UC Riverside, Cornell, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon,
Alabama, Iowa, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Penn State, UC Santa Barbara,
Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
FAME at UCLA: Create and investigate new nonconventional atomic scale
engineered materials and structures of multi-function oxides, metals
and semiconductors to accelerate innovations in analog, logic and
memory devices for revolutionary impact on the semiconductor and
defense industries. Participating universities include: Columbia,
Cornell, UC Berkeley, MIT, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, UC Irvine,
Purdue, Rice, UC Riverside, North Carolina State, Caltech, Penn, West
Virginia and Yale.
LEAST at Notre Dame: Explore the physics of new materials and devices
that can lead to disruptive advances in integrated circuits and
systems, and focus on discovering the best material systems for
ultralow voltage and steep transistors. Participating universities
include: Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Purdue, UC
Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UT Austin and UT Dallas.
SONIC at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Enable
equivalent scaling in beyond-CMOS nanoscale fabrics by embracing their
statistical attributes within statistical-inference-based
applications, architectures and circuits to achieve unprecedented
levels of robustness and energy efficiency. Participating universities
include: UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego,
Michigan, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon.
TerraSwarm at UC Berkeley: Enable the simple, reliable and secure
deployment of a multiplicity of advanced distributed
sense-control-actuate applications on shared, massively distributed,
heterogeneous and mostly uncoordinated swarm platforms through an open
and universal systems architecture. Participating universities
include: Michigan, Washington, UT Dallas, Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Penn, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon and UC San Diego.
Celebrating 31 years of collaborative research for the semiconductor
industry, SRC defines industry needs, invests in and manages the
research that gives its members a competitive advantage in the dynamic
global marketplace. Awarded the National Medal of Technology, America’s
highest recognition for contributions to technology, SRC expands the
industry knowledge base and attracts premier students to help innovate
and transfer semiconductor technology to the commercial industry. For
more information, visit www.src.org.
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