Abu Dhabi schools get IC research grants
9/12/2011 7:20 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO—University research consortium Semiconductor Research Corp. said Monday (Sept. 12) it awarded seven research contracts to four universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The seven contracts will be funded with an initial $750,000 for one year and extend for at least two more years, according to SRC. The results are expected to drive a wide number of research initiatives aimed at breakthroughs in minimum-energy electronic systems, SRC said.
The research, to be guided by SRC member representatives from the semiconductor industry, will be conducted by four universities in Abu Dhabi: American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates University and the Masdar Institute. The UAE universities will conduct the research in collaboration with several U.S. universities and organizations , including UC Berkeley, Ohio State, Cornell, Purdue, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and MOSIS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service), SRC said.
"These UAE universities demonstrate substantial capability in the semiconductor areas of interest, and we are helping to facilitate a mutually beneficial network among them and the global chip industry," said SRC President Larry Sumney, in a statement. "The SRC member companies are enthusiastic to further engage the talent and technical potential of the Abu Dhabi research programs, as we collectively tackle the growing challenges of power consumption in electronics."
The announcement marks the beginning of the second year of a joint effort among SRC and Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Co. in the UAE, with a focus on semiconductor sciences and technologies, SRC said.