LAKE WALES, Fla.—Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) joined other semiconductor industry heavyweights, joining the technology research consortium Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC).
As the semiconductor industry migrates to advanced nodes approaching the atomic scale and beyond, chip firms are researching and developing new materials, process technologies, architectures, quantum mechanics and whatever else it takes to keep the semiconductor fabs advancing. SRC, a university-research consortium, offers members access to university research results, intellectual property and students.
SRC’s membership includes many of the most advanced semiconductor companies, including Intel, IBM, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Globalfoundries and ARM, among others.
“TSMC is a distinguished member of all SRC research programs, specifically the New Science Team (NST) project and multiple research thrusts within SRC’s Global Research Collaboration (GRC), " Ken Hansen, President & CEO of SRC told EE Times in an exclusive interview.
The importance of TSMC signing on fully to these two of SRC's most important research initiatives, is because of their goals. The New Science Team (NST) project and the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program. The NST project is a five-year, $300 million research project aimed at co-optimizing hardware/software solutions for higher performance and more energy efficiency. The GRC program will investigate analog/mixed-signal, packaging, logic and memory devices, and nano-manufacturing materials and processes.
NST consists of two sub-project the Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP) and nanoelectronic COmputing REsearch (nCORE programs. The full NST project will launch on Jan. 1, 2018.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times