Semiconductor Industry Announces New Nanoelectronics Research Grants to U.S. Universities Two new research centers created; grants made to six National Science

Foundation nanoscience centers and a Texas research group



    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeking to accelerate
 nanoelectronics research at U.S. universities to benefit the long term needs
 of the semiconductor industry, a consortium of companies has announced its
 first research grants under the Semiconductor Industry Association's (SIA) new
 Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI).
     These grants will fund the creation of two new university-based
 nanoelectronics research centers -- one in California and the other centered
 in New York -- as well as support additional research at five National Science
 Foundation (NSF) nanoscience centers and at a research group in Texas.  The
 announcement was made today at the NSF Headquarters in Arlington, Va., during
 the "Silicon Nanoelectronics and Beyond" conference cosponsored by the NSF and
 the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC).
     The two new research centers are:
 
     - The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) in California.
       Headquartered at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and
       Applied Science, WIN participants will come from three University of
       California campuses (Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Santa Barbara) and
       Stanford University. WIN will focus on novel spintronics and plasmonic
       devices. In addition to its NRI funding, this center will also receive
       additional direct support from Intel and the UC Discovery program.
 
     - The Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) in
       Albany, N.Y.  Headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and
       Engineering of the State University of New York-Albany (SUNY-Albany) it
       will include also the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard
       University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue
       University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Yale University. INDEX
       will focus on the development of nanomaterial systems; atomic-scale
       fabrication technologies; predictive modeling protocols for devices,
       subsystems and systems; power dissipation management designs, and
       realistic architectural integration schemes for realizing novel magnetic
       and molecular quantum devices.  INDEX will also receive additional
       direct funding from IBM, and support from New York State is expected.
 
     The industry consortium (an SRC subsidiary known as the Nanoelectronics
 Research Corp. (NERC)) and NSF also announced today a total of $2 million in
 supplemental grants for nanoelectronics research during Fiscal Year 2006 at
 five existing NSF nanoscience centers:
 
      - Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue University,
      - Center for Nanoscopic Materials at the University of Virginia,
      - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of
        California, Santa Barbara,
      - Center for Electronic Transport in Molecular Nanostructures at Columbia
        University, and
      - Center for Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications at Harvard
        University.
 
     In addition, NERC announced an individual grant to the research team led
 by Professor Banerjee at the University of Texas at Austin for exploratory
 work in spintronics, and NSF announced an additional supplemental grant for
 nanoelectronics research to the Center for Semiconductor Physics in
 Nanostructures at the University of Oklahoma/University of Arkansas.
     The companies participating in NRI (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.;
 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.; International Business Machines Corp.; Intel
 Corp.; Micron Technology, Inc.; and Texas Instruments, Inc.) will assign
 researchers to collaborate with the university teams.  Strong interactions
 between these centers and their activities will be instrumental in NRI
 reaching its 15-year goal of demonstrating novel computing devices with
 critical dimensions below 10 nanometers and incorporating them in simple
 computer circuits.
     Larry Sumney, President and CEO of SRC said, "The research results from
 this new initiative will enable the semiconductor industry to extend Moore's
 Law -- the 40-year-old prediction that the industry can double the amount of
 transistors it places on a computer chip every couple of years -- far beyond
 the year 2020 when the potential limits of the current industry technology may
 be approached."
     Lawrence Goldberg, Senior Engineering Advisor at NSF said, "The
 supplemental grants will support additional graduate students and postdoctoral
 fellows in the Centers' research programs, thus leveraging NSF's significant
 fundamental research investments in nanoelectronics. We believe this type of
 cooperative effort with NRI can have a large impact in accelerating
 advancement of new concepts and in developing future cadres of industry and
 faculty researchers to help drive the field."
 
     About the SIA:
     The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has
 represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip
 industry employs a domestic workforce of 225,000 people. More information
 about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.
 
     About the SRC:
     Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), based in Research Triangle Park,
 N.C., operates globally to provide competitive advantage to its member
 companies as the world's premier university research management consortium
 delivering relevantly educated technical talent and early research results.
 Learn more about SRC at http://www.src.org.
 
     About the NRI:
     In August 2005, a consortium of six Semiconductor Industry Association
 (SIA) member companies chartered an SRC subsidiary, the Nanoelectronics
 Research Corp., to develop and administer a university-based research program
 to explore new areas in nanoscale electronics that are emerging as the
 ultimate limits to the scaling of today's dominant microelectronic technology
 (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS)) are being approached. The
 goal of this research program -- the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative -- is
 to demonstrate novel computing devices with critical dimensions below 10
 nanometers and to incorporate them into simple computer circuits that could
 enable the industry to extend Moore's Law improvements in electronics far
 beyond the limits of CMOS. More information about NRI is available at
 http://www.src.org/nri.
 
     About the NSF:
     The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency
 that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science
 and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000
 universities and institutions. Visit the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov.
 
      NSF Center web sites, for reference:
 
      - Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue University --
        http://www.ncn.purdue.edu/
      - Center for Nanoscopic Materials at the University of Virginia --
        http://www.mrsec.virginia.edu/
      - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of
        California at Santa Barbara -- http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/
      - Center for Electronic Transport in Molecular Nanostructures at Columbia
        University -- http://www.cise.columbia.edu/NSEC/
      - Center for Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications at
        Harvard University -- http://www.nsec.harvard.edu/
      - Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures at the University of
        Oklahoma/University of Arkansas -- http://www.nhn.ou.edu/cspin/
 
      FYI .... State Funding Source websites, for reference:
 
      - California UC Discovery program
        http://uc-industry.berkeley.edu/welcome2.asp
      - New York State NYSTAR program http://www.nystar.state.ny.us/
 
 

SOURCE Semiconductor Research Corporation

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