SRC, NIST Introduce Second Phase of Nanoelectronics Research Initiative with $5 Million in Annual Funding to Develop Post-CMOS

  SRC, NIST Introduce Second Phase of Nanoelectronics Research Initiative with
  $5 Million in Annual Funding to Develop Post-CMOS Electronics

NRI Second Phase Features Multi-University Network Focused on Research Centers
    at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University of
              Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Texas at Austin

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Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the second phase of the
Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). For this phase, SRC and NIST will
provide a combined $5 million in annual funding for three multi-university
research centerstasked with demonstrating non-conventional, low-energy
technologies that outperform current technologies on critical applications in
10 years and beyond.

The second phase of NRI also features joint projects with the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and the multi-university research network involves 34
universities in 17 states. The three research centers are:

  *the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) at
    SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE);
  *the Center for Nanoferroic Devices (CNFD) at the University of
    Nebraska-Lincoln; and
  *the South West Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN) 2.0 at the University of
    Texas at Austin.

“In 2012, the first phase of NRI culminated with a comprehensive assessment of
the various NRI device concepts through performance benchmarking,” said Tom
Theis, the new SRC program executive director. “NRI 2.0 will focus on key
research opportunities identified in the benchmarking study and will explore
the ultimate scalability of emerging digital device concepts and their
functionality beyond digital logic. For example, researchers will explore
magnetoelectric devices that promise improved energy efficiency and the
ability to combine memory and logic.”

NIST will provide $2.6 million to the effort each year for up to five years,
matched by $2.4 million each year from NRI. NRI is made up of participants
from the semiconductor industry including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel, Micron
Technology and Texas Instruments.

“NIST collaborations with the NRI are one of the fastest ways to move
pre-competitive technology forward,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for
Standards and Technology and Director of NIST Patrick Gallagher. “We’re
excited to see what innovative nanoelectronic devices and concepts the next
phase of this partnership with SRC will produce.”

Additional universities involved in the NRI network include:

  *INDEX at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE):
    Purdue, Virginia, Cornell, Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia.
  *CNFD at University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Wisconsin-Madison, Oakland, SUNY
    Buffalo, UC Irvine, Delaware.
  *SWAN 2.0 at University of Texas at Austin: UT Dallas, North Carolina
    State, Texas A&M, UC San Diego, Stanford and Harvard.

In collaboration with the National Science Foundation,NRI
alsosupportsNanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRTs) as part of
the National Nanotechnology Initiative'sSignature Initiative "Nanoelectronics
for Beyond 2020.” Funding for these projects flows to many other leading U.S.

NRI 2.0 is the successor to an earlier multi-year collaboration between NRI
and NIST that focused on the long-term goal of “developing the next logic
switch,” or the basic logic elements that serve as the building blocks of
electronic devices. The NRI initiative was originally launched by the
Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in 2005. The NRI and the
collaboration with NIST are managed by the Nanoelectronics Research
Corporation (NERC), a special purpose subsidiary of SRC, the world's leading
university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies.

The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative is one of three research program
entities of SRC aimed at extending the frontiers of semiconductor electronics.
For more information on NRI, visit

About SRC

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


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