Request for White Papers in Computer Aided Design:
Logic, Physical and Circuit Design and Analysis Tools

The Semiconductor Research Corporation periodically reviews its research portfolio to assure a balance of university research to meet the needs of SRC member companies in the 3-8 year time frame. The Computer-Aided Design and Test science area of SRC anticipates being able to add to this work a small number of research tasks in logic and physical design in 2001. Member needs in this area are outlined in the needs document on the SRC web site. Interested researchers should note the proposal and review schedule below. These steps will permit the funding of projects in July 2001. Following submission of a 1-page white paper in the specified format by January 26, 2001, SRC member company reviewers will select a group from which full, university-approved proposals will be requested by March 30, 2001. Proposals for funding will be selected from these submissions, with contract starts anticipated July 2001.

White papers should address research with a 3-8 year time horizon, and outline a three-year program. It is estimated that only a small number of contracts, supporting 1-2 students each, will be able to be supported. The calendar for this proposal cycle is as follows:

White Paper and Proposal Timetable
Event Date
Publication of RFWP December 26, 2000
Deadline to Submit White Papers January 26, 2001
Proposals requested March 1, 2001
Deadline to Submit Proposals March 30, 2001
Contract Awards Announced June 8, 2001
Funding start July 1, 2001

If you know of other interested parties, please feel free to make them aware of this solicitation.

Please direct all questions to William Joyner, Director of Computer-Aided Design and Test, (919) 941-9400,

Researchers should also be aware of the Joint SRC/NSF Solicitation for Research in Mixed Signal Electronic Technologies which includes CAD and Test research for mixed signal design. Research tasks selected as part of this solicitation will be supported jointly by NSF grants and SRC contracts at US universities.

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