The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced a continued partnership between the semiconductor industry and government to fund critical university research to develop the next generation of microelectronics technology. The Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet) will allocate a total of $194 million over the next five years to 39 universities across the country for leading-edge semiconductor research.
STARnet comprises the following six multi-university research centers, which involve a total of 39 universities:
- the Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR), led by the University of Michigan;
- the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN), led by the University of Minnesota;
- the Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME), led by the University of California, Los Angeles;
- the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST), led by the University of Notre Dame;
- the Center for Systems on Nanoscale Information Fabrics (SONIC), led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and
- the TerraSwarm Research Center, led by the University of California, Berkeley.
SRC administers the STARnet program. Industry partners include Applied Materials, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Raytheon, Texas Instruments and United Technologies.
The STARnet program supports 145 research professors and 400 graduate students at 39 universities overall. The program is also helping develop the next-generation of Ph.D. graduates in electrical engineering, computer science and the physical sciences.
STARnet, one of several government-industry-university partnerships that aim to advance semiconductor technology, is the successor to the existing Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), which was launched in 1997.
For more information about the STARnet program, click here.
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