The Nanotechnology Research Initiative (NRI) enters its second phase today, with $25 million in funding over five years for three multi-university research centers aiming to develop ultra low-power semiconductor technologies for the post-silicon era starting circa 2020.
NRI is one of three research programs at the Semiconductor Research Corp (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) that aim to extend semiconductors into the next decade. Funding for the second phase of NRI will come from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which will provide $2.6 million per year for up to five years, matched by $2.4 million annually from SRC members GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments plus Micron Technology.
Graphene transistor fabricated with a sheet of carbon just one atom thick at the National Nanotechology Initiative (NNI) sponsored Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) at Columbia University. SOURCE: James Yardley, Columbia University Nanocenter
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The NRI will conduct joint projects with the National Science Foundation (NSF) focused on developing a next-generation logic switch at three regional nanoelectronics research centers involving 34 universities in 17 states. The centers are the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) at the University at Albany (working with Purdue University, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia University); the Center for Nanoferroic Devices (CNFD) at the University of Nebraska (working with the University of Wisconsin, Oakland University, State University of New York in Buffalo, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Delaware); and the South West Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN) at the University of Texas in Austin (working with the University of Texas in Dallas, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M, the University of California at San Diego, Stanford University and Harvard University).