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DARPA Adds $15.5 Million to Help Take Semiconductors Beyond Moore's Law

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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has invested $15.5 million in the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp., part of the STARnet program, to support the development of future semiconductor technology.

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Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO) has received a $15.5 million investment from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop future semiconductor technology. DARPA hopes the cutting-edge semiconductor research group will shape the future of research and development of semiconductors and chips. '

MARCO is part of the STARnet program, which is backed by DARPA and the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC), which is supported by IBM, Intel, Micron, Globalfoundries, and Texas Instruments. Launched in January, STARnet will focus on a range of research topics including interconnects, memory, processors, and related issues such as scalability and energy efficiency. The nationwide network of university research centers and others has a primary goal of discovering "solutions to the intractable problems that are forecast to lie in the future of integrated circuit progress and to lay the foundations for microsystems innovations once the improvements associated with Moore's Law are exhausted," according to DARPA. Among the universities participating in STARnet is the University of Michigan, which will focus on circuit fabrics for three-dimensional interconnects and memory, while the University of Minnesota will concentrate on spintronics, and the University of California, Los Angeles on atomic-scale materials for next-generation chips.

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