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US Defense Agency allocates $194m to five semiconductor research centres

18 Jan 2013

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAPRA) has teamed up with the Semiconductor Research Corporation to provide $194m over the next five years to six university microelectronics research centres to support the growth of the US semiconductor industry.

The STARnet scheme is funded by the DAPRA as part of the Department of Defense and US semiconductor industries as a public-private partnership.

Annually, $40m is dedicated to the programme, with each centre receiving about $6m.

Those that have been awarded funding include the Center for Future Architectures Research at the University of Michigan, the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures at the University of Minnesota and the Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

‘STARnet is a collaborative network of stellar university research centers whose goal is to enable the continued pace of growth of the microelectronics industry, unconstrained by the daunting list of fundamental physical limits that threaten,’ said Gilroy Vandentop, the new SRC programme executive director.

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