STARnet Research

Gilroy Vandentop, STARnet Executive Director

STARnet is a collaborative network of stellar research centers finding paths around the fundamental physical limits threatening the long-term growth of the microelectronics industry.

Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures

Spin-based memory and computation has the potential to overcome the power, performance and architectural constraints of conventional CMOS-based devices, but several barriers remain. CSPIN overcomes these barriers by assembling experts in magnetic materials, spin transport, novel spin-transport materials, spintronic devices, circuits and novel architectures.  » More

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Center for Low Energy Systems Technology

LEAST is investigating the physics of new materials and devices toward disruptive advances in integrated circuits and systems. LEAST focuses on field-controlled, low-voltage, steep-subthreshold devices and the exploration of solid-state phenomena to extend device performance to fundamental limits beyond heat removal. In particular, it is exploring the promise of the TFET transistor, a leading option for a post-CMOS switch.  » More

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Center for Future Architectures Research

C-FAR is focused on computer systems architectures for the transitional 2020s, as the benefits of CMOS scaling slow, and we wait for post-CMOS devices to reach full production. Continued scalability will depend on successful innovation of application-driven architectures leveraging emerging circuit fabrics such as 3D interconnect, novel memories and programmable logic. Meanwhile, the growth of "big data" across all platforms (sensor, mobile and server) and markets (commercial and defense) will cause performance and security to emerge as first-class architectural concerns. » More

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Systems On Nanoscale Information fabriCs

SONIC is addressing challenges associated with the design of intelligent embedded systems on nanoscale CMOS and beyond CMOS device fabrics. Intelligence comes at the expense of energy while nanoscale fabrics introduce intrinsically statistical behavior. Thus, achieving energy efficiency and robustness in the nanoscale era is a formidable challenge for future semiconductor electronic systems. In order to address these challenges, SONIC proposes a radical shift from the deterministic model of von Neumann style computing to a Shannon and neuro-inspired information processing paradigm, where the uncertainty induced by nanoscale statistics is embraced from systems and applications to devices.  » More

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TerraSwarm Research Center

TerraSwarm is addressing the huge potential—and associated risks—of pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into our connected world. The center aims to enable the simple, reliable, and secure deployment of a multiplicity of advanced distributed sense and control applications on shared, massively distributed, heterogeneous, and mostly uncoordinated platforms through an open and universal systems architecture. » More

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Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering Center

FAME aims to design and create nonconventional materials and nanostructures with unique correlated quantum properties, including semiconductors, dielectrics, and metallic materials, in order to accelerate innovations in analog, logic and memory devices for revolutionary impact on the semiconductor and defense industries. » More

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Center Annual Reviews in 2016

  1. LEAST Annual Review
    — August 10–11, Notre Dame

    C-SPIN Annual Review
    — September 21–22, University of Minnesota

    SONIC Annual Review
    — October 5–6, iHotel

    TerraSwarm Annual Review
    — October 26–27, UC/Berkeley

    C-FAR Annual Review
    — December 6–7, University of Michigan

STARnet Metrics

  1. Current

    23 Research Themes
    45 Universities
    660 Students
    182 Faculty Researchers
    117 Liaison Personnel
  2. This Year

    33 Research Publications
    5 Patent Applications
  3. Last Year

    1,524 Research Publications
    41 Patent Applications
    6 Patents Granted
  4. Since Inception

    6 Contracts
    32 Research Themes
    50 Universities
    1,112 Students
    225 Faculty Researchers
    150 Liaison Personnel
    5,589 Research Publications
    104 Patent Applications
    7 Patents Granted
Updated: 22-Jan-2017, 12:05 a.m. ET