Call for Research in Logic and Physical Design


The Computer-Aided Design and Test Science area is soliciting white papers (due January 6, 2006) in the area of logic and physical design for work to begin in July 2006 for an expected three-year period.

This call for research, issued to universities worldwide, may be addressed by individual investigators or by research teams. Successful white paper authors will be invited to submit a full proposal, and a limited number of contracts will be awarded based on these proposals according to the schedule below.

Depending on the quality of proposals and the funds available, SRC may decide to pursue all, some or none of the proposed projects. SRC may also elect to negotiate a project's research scope or a team's composition to meet funding or synergy goals.

Research Needs

Member needs in logic and physical design, developed by a task force of SRC industry members are outlined in a needs document which should be consulted and referred to in your white paper. White papers that address the following focus areas are likely to generate greater interest from SRC member companies:

1) Power analysis and reduction tools and techniques
2) System-level design tools, including tools for developing multicore designs
3) Tools and techniques addressing manufacturability; handling a full range or process, temperature and voltage; and mitigating the impact of random, systematic and environmental variations.

White papers offering incremental improvements in traditional extraction, physical design, modeling, and optimization will not receive consideration.

White Paper Guidelines

Responses are limited to a single page, using at least a 10-point font, and must be submitted via the SRC Web site. White papers not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

Please include the following identifying information in your white paper:

  • Project title
  • Investigators
  • University
  • Telephone number and e-mail address

Please address the following topics in your white paper:

  • Context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed
  • Rationale: value in terms of semiconductor industry needs
  • Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge and state-of-the-art
  • Approach: strategy for addressing the problem
  • Results: anticipated output of a successful effort
  • Engagement: how you now or will plan to interact with SRC member companies
  • Funding: a per-year approximation of overall budget requirements (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time)
  • Students: involvement and education of graduate students is a key SRC goal

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Disclose blocking background intellectual property
  • Update information about participating students
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research
  • Participate in annual research reviews
  • Provide annual reports and pre-defined deliverables

Timetable and Deadlines

Event Deadline
Request for White Papers December 2, 2005
Deadline to Submit White Papers January 6, 2006 (midnight EST)
Proposals Requested February 16, 2006
Deadline to Submit Proposals March 15, 2006 (midnight EST)
Program/Funding Start July 1, 2006

Please direct all technical questions to Dale Edwards (
All other questions and responses should be directed to

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