State of Texas, UT System, Texas Instruments and NERC Launch World-Class Nanoelectronics Research Initiative

Collaboration Between Academia, State Government and Industry to Develop

Advanced Chip Technologies

Over $30 million allocated for New R&D

Sep 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated

    DALLAS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing the long-term research
 needs of the semiconductor industry, Texas Instruments (NYSE:   TXN), the
 State of Texas, the Nanoelectronics Research Corporation (NERC) and The
 University of Texas System announced a $30 million investment in university
 nanoelectronics programs. Starting with the establishment of the Southwest
 Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN), headquartered at The University of Texas
 at Austin, the effort will attract top academic researchers to develop and
 commercialize new nanoelectronics materials and devices that hold the
 promise of taking the electronics industry beyond today's chip
 technologies. Texas Instruments is the lead corporate investor in the
 effort, with a $5 million contribution.
     "The Southwest Academy of Nanotechnology will play a critical role in
 helping attract the world's brightest minds to our universities and
 ensuring that the technologies and jobs of the future remain in Texas,"
 said Governor Rick Perry. "I am proud to see this important research
 institution take root here in our state. It not only reaffirms Texas'
 position as the nation's second largest high tech and semiconductor state,
 it will be the foundation for future growth in this important sector of our
     Billions of times every day -- at the turn of a key, flip of a switch,
 or push of a button -- semiconductor chips at the heart of complex
 electronics play a vital role in the global economy. The results from this
 initiative will enable the semiconductor industry to extend Moore's Law --
 the 40-year- old prediction that the industry can double the number of
 transistors it places on a computer chip every couple of years -- far
 beyond the year 2020, when the potential limit of the current industry
 technology is expected to be reached.
     "TI is excited about the state's commitment to excellence in
 nanoelectronics and the establishment of the SWAN here in Texas," said Rich
 Templeton, chief executive officer of Texas Instruments. "This
 collaboration -- involving the states, the university system and private
 industry -- exemplifies the call from the federal government for private
 and public partnerships that promote American innovation and furthers our
 ability to leverage federal funds from the National Science Foundation and
 other agencies."
     SWAN is the third of three new university-based nanoelectronics
 research centers managed by NERC under the auspices of the Semiconductor
 Research Corporation (SRC). Six member companies of the Semiconductor
 Industry Association (SIA), including AMD, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM,
 Intel, Micron Technology and Texas Instruments established NERC as a
 subsidiary of the SRC in 2005 to specifically find additional options
 beyond the CMOS technology that underpins today's electronics. NERC is
 working closely with the National Science Foundation to align
 nanoelectronics research taking place at various Nanotechnology Centers of
 Excellence around the country.
     SWAN joins the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) in California
 and the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) in
 New York as the third regional center established by NERC. Strong links
 between these centers and the participating universities will be
 instrumental in reaching the 15-year goal of demonstrating novel computing
 devices that will operate beyond the forecasted limits of today's
     "The challenge for nanoelectronics is to ensure that society's
 expectations for electronic applications can continue to be met," said
 Larry Sumney, CEO and president, SRC. "Thanks to efforts of those like TI
 and the State of Texas, these universities will work with industry on
 initial research needed to enable future breakthroughs in nanoelectronics.
 This progress is crucial to the nation and the world's continued economic
     Conventional electronics use electrical fields to control the flow of
 electrons using only their charge, but other observed phenomena at the
 atomic level may be able to process vastly more information while using
 less power. The SWAN research will focus on development of computing
 devices that leverage quantum properties such as spin and phase to
 represent the 1's and 0's of modern digital electronics. By creating a
 multi-university center, SWAN will optimize the outcome by promoting
 collaboration and coordinating resources.
     "The University of Texas System is making significant investments in
 its faculty, facilities and students to build world class engineering and
 advanced research programs at its institutions," said Mark G. Yudof,
 chancellor of The University of Texas System. "This nanoelectronics
 initiative -- through the efforts of SWAN and the other NRI centers -- will
 help build momentum across the state and the nation and ensure that Texas
 is a leader in this vital industry and is well positioned for future
     The UT System Board of Regents in July approved $10 million for funding
 facilities, labs and capital equipment for eight senior faculty members.
     Funds from TI, the State of Texas, the UT System and NERC will support
 the initial three-year program. Additional opportunities for expanded
 exploration are anticipated among the participants beyond the basic
 research phase. SWAN research activities will be supported by a number of
 UT System institutions including the Arlington, Austin and Dallas campuses,
 as well as Texas A&M University, Rice University, Arizona State University,
 the University of Maryland and the University of Notre Dame.
     About SRC
     NERC is a subsidiary corporation of the SRC. NERC manages one of the
 SRC's major research programs, the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
 (NRI). As the world's leading university-research consortium for
 semiconductors and related technologies, SRC defines industry needs,
 invests in and manages the research that gives its members a competitive
 advantage in the dynamic global marketplace. SRC expands the industry
 knowledge base and attracts premier students to help innovate and transfer
 semiconductor technology to the commercial industry. Established in 1982,
 SRC is based in Research Triangle Park, NC, and drives long-term
 semiconductor research contracts on behalf of its participating members:
 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc., Axcelis
 Technologies, Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.,
 Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp., LSI Logic Corp., Mentor
 Graphics Corp., The Mitre Corp., Novellus Systems, Inc., Rohm and Haas
 Electronic Materials and Texas Instruments Corp. SRC also seeks to leverage
 funding from global government agencies. For more information, visit .
     About Texas Instruments
     Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog
 technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing
 requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the
 Educational & Productivity Solutions business. TI is headquartered in
 Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more
 than 25 countries.
     Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at .
     About The University of Texas System
     The UT System has 15 campuses, including nine academic and six health
 institutions, and an annual operating budget of $10.0 billion (FY 2007).
 Student enrollment exceeded 185,000 in the 2005 academic year. The UT
 System confers one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates
 three- fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more
 than 76,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the
 state of Texas.
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