C2S2 C2S2
Center for Circuits and Systems Solutions

Overview

The collaborative multi-university Center for Circuits & Systems Solutions (C2S2) addresses "circuits & modules" design challenges that threaten us at the end of CMOS scaling that represent new opportunities in the functionally diverse "More than Moore" arena, and that are required to make post-Si circuits viable.The science of integrated circuit and module design is the conversion of transistors into useful performance, delivered in useful form factors (i.e., modules), operating under stringent power limits, for integration in diverse systems. Looking backwards, we see three decades of investment in semiconductors, circuits, and design methods that have resulted in phenomenal progress.

Looking forward the researchers are focused on five prominent challenges that represent the Center's mission: 1) The end of the CMOS roadmap is near 2) Maximum performance is unexploitable because customization is unaffordable 3) Opportunities beyond Information Technology (IT) applications are exploding 4) Design strategies for nondigital circuits/modules are unsystematic 5) Post-silicon circuits are (almost) real.

Research Focus

To achieve the research objectives of the C2S2, the Center is organized into the following themes:

  • Circuits/Modules Infrastructure - Novel methodologies, tools, custom design flows
  • Enterprise Systems - The highest performing, largest designs (1010 devices), at the most scaled nodes (~10nm), operating in the most difficult power envelopes
  • Portable Electronics - Mobile, wearable, soldier-in-field, ultra-low power designs
  • Functional Diversity - More-than-Moore designs (e.g. biomedical electronics, sub-mmwave defense-oriented imaging)
  • Emerging Circuits - Circuits in post-silicon and augmented-silicon technologies

Center Management

Center Director

Lawrence Pileggi

Legacy Content

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).

C2S2 Metrics

  1. Since Inception

    28 Research Themes
    27 Universities
    373 Students
    108 Faculty Researchers
    22 Associate Personnel
    1,935 Research Publications
    2 Patent Applications
    25 Patents Granted
Updated: 22-Feb-2018, 12:05 a.m. ET

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