- Multi-Scale Systems Research Center
- Creation of a comprehensive and a systematic solution to the distributed multi-scale system design challenge is the primary goal of MuSyC. Its grand challenge is the development of "energy-smart" distributed systems-systems that are deeply aware of the balance between energy availability and demand, and adjust their behavior in response through dynamic and adaptive organization through all scales of design hierarchy. » More
- Gigascale Systems Research Center
- GSRC focuses on pertinent problems the semiconductor industry faces in the next decade in the areas of system design, integration, test and verification. To sustain current growth, the industry requires orders of magnitude of improvement in energy efficiency, cost, reliability and time-to-market. As time marches on, the number of transistors available to designers per chip is likely to continue to increase in accordance with Moore's law. As individual transistors decrease in size, their performance variability will increase and their reliability will decrease. Ultimately, as atomic dimensions are approached, quantum effects will manifest themselves as randomness. » More
- Center for Circuits and Systems Solutions
- The goal of the Center for Circuits and Systems Solutions (C2S2) is to invent and to demonstrate the circuit techniques necessary to deliver working designs from scaled devices that are increasingly difficult to predict and control. Relentless scaling of semiconductor devices toward fundamental physical limits threatens to make obsolete today's most basic circuit design assumptions. The tools that the design community has used to move circuits from 130nm to 90nm look rather ragged as we extend to 65nm, may fail to work at the 45nm node and are likely to be utterly irrelevant as we move further toward the end of the CMOS roadmap. » More
- Interconnect Focus Center
- The Interconnect Focus Center (IFC) conducts research to discover and invent new electrical, optical and thermal interconnect solutions that will meet or exceed ITRS projections and enable hyper-integration of heterogeneous components for future terascale systems. » More
- Center for Materials, Structures and Devices
- Since its inception in 2000, the MSD Center has successfully launched entirely new materials combinations for high performance CMOS applications, while pushing new frontier devices, such as carbon nanotubes to new heights of performance through the combination of novel chemical synthesis of nanostructures with advanced front-end processes borrowed from silicon technology. In addition, the MSD Center has established and is continuously updating realistic benchmarking of highly disparate devices, via close collaboration of experimentalists from different disciplines with advanced modeling and simulation researchers. » More
- Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics
- Research in Nano Materials is conducted by the Focus Center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA). Its research mission is to "create and investigate new nano-engineered functional materials and devices, and novel structural and computational architectures for new information processing systems beyond the limits of conventional CMOS technology". » More
FCRP Phase V ended on 31-Jan-2013, and this content may no longer be current.
Longer term microelectronics research is now being sponsored by DARPA and industry participants in STARnet (FCRP Phase VI).
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