New Research Areas & Initiatives

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Interaction with top universities world-wide enables us to consistently produce the best and brightest students, while giving our members access to the research results and IP created by their work. Come join an elite group of industry leaders to gain insight through advanced research and the diversity of viewpoints.

Autonomous Vehicles

Research on autonomous vehicles will be a new SRC research program. There is a broad range of research themes and topics such as:

  • Computer Vision
  • Predictive Analytics
  • System Architectures
  • Communication
  • Safety

Automotive Cybersecurity

Research on automotive cybersecurity will complement SRC’s current research effort focused on hardware-oriented cybersecurity called Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S) and cover areas such as:

  • Cybersecurity Strategies
  • Robust security of systems, component, and networks
  • Threat Analytics
  • Safety
  • Connected Automotive Ecosystem and Communications
  • Validation of correctness and security for vehicle systems

New Science Team (NST) Project

This project will define a new five-year (2017-2022), public-private partnership for the microelectronics industry that keeps industry on the leading edge, is able to retain and attract corporate sponsors, and educate the workforce of tomorrow.

  • Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP) is the first NST research initiative.
  • nanoelectronic COmputing REsearch (nCORE) is the second NST research initiative. nCORE has a current call for proposals running with NSF.

DNA Storage

Recent work has shown that global demand for conventional silicon-based memory is growing exponentially, while silicon production is growing only linearly. This disparity guarantees that silicon-based memory will become prohibitively expensive for Zetta-scale “big data” deployments within two decades.

Recent studies by three distinct research groups have demonstrated proof-of-concept that DNA can be used to support scalable, random-access and error-free information storage. These advances now make DNA a very attractive potential alternative to silicon for information storage, because:

  • DNA has an information storage density that is several orders of magnitude higher than any other known storage technology. In theory, a few tens of kilograms of DNA could meet all of the world’s storage needs for centuries to come.
  • DNA can store information stably at room temperature for hundreds of years with zero power requirements, making it an excellent candidate for large-scale archival storage.
  • With technology advances, DNA could be orders of magnitude cheaper to produce than wafer-grade silicon.

Workshop conducted in April 2016 (co-sponsored by IARPA), report assembled.

Microsystems for Bioelectronic Medicine

Imagine that we desire to design and fabricate an active sub-100 micron-sized system that performs in-vivo sensing and direct electrical interaction with a single living cell for a therapeutic action. The technological challenges that must be addressed to develop such a system are daunting and encompass almost every facet of VLSI and bioengineering technologies. Areas requiring study:

  • Bioelectronic Microsystems: Fundamentals and Application Perspectives
  • Electronic Signals treatment for therapeutic applications
  • Bioelectronic  Cell – Replacing drugs by VLSI technologies
  • Biocompatibility issues of bioelectronic technologies

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