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NSF, NRI Team On Nanoelectronics Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a consortium of members of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), have agreed to jointly fund a national university-based research program focused on long-term nanoelectronics exploration.
MANHASSET, N.Y. — The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a consortium of members of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), have agreed to jointly fund a national university-based research program focused on long-term nanoelectronics exploration.

NSF and NRI will each contribute a million dollars to support research aimed at sustaining U.S. leadership in the global semiconductor industry. The six NRI industrial participants-- AMD, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology, and Texas Instruments-- are providing funds for this effort.

This agreement represents the first step by NRI, formed last November by the SIA, to accelerate nanoelectronics research in universities.

The NRI will explore, both independently and in conjunction with government organizations, new approaches in emerging areas of electronics and other quantum variables at the nanoscale level, aimed at discovering new devices that will work with industry-standard CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) in the year 2020 and beyond.

"The global semiconductor industry is facing a critical technology transition over the next 10 to 15 years," said SIA President George Scalise. "The technology leaders of 2020 will be determined by actions taken today. The incubation period for new technologies is typically 15 years, making it essential for us to support basic research on nanoelectronics today."

Dr. Paolo Gargini of Intel (chair) and Dr. Hans Stork of Texas Instruments (vice-chair) will head the governing council overseeing NRI's efforts. Dr. Hans Coufal of IBM is the director of NERC and will lead the NRI Technical Program Group.

"For the first time, the U.S. government and the U.S. semiconductor industry are collaborating on long-term research on nanoelectronics," noted Dr. Gargini. "This is a very big deal over some very small structures. With these tiny nano transistors-- 10 nanometers in size-- we will be able to build 10 billion transistors in the space of a period made by a ballpoint pen."