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University research crucial to make headway in chip industry

Posted: 28 Apr 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Semiconductor Research  university research  semiconductor industry  SRC 

A basic, precompetitive research base is needed to continue to progress of the semiconductor industry, according to Larry W. Sumney, president and CEO of Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC). SRC has served as an integral partner to the semiconductor industry as well as academia and government by sponsoring the basic university research responsible for semiconductor technology advancements.

For more than three decades as president and CEO of SRC, it has been my pleasure to be part of the advancement of humanity and our national economy through the semiconductor industry. In turn, these advancements have led to today's range of sophisticated computing devices and applications that support our everyday lives.

The fact that SRC has been in operation since 1982 means we are doing something right. We think we probably set the record for the longest running consortium in any industry, but our ongoing mission simply affirms the critical role that university research plays in the future of technology and the U.S. economy in general.

Indeed, the world-class U.S. university system built through decades of steady government support serves as a foundation for public-private partnerships such as SRC. Along the way, SRC has proudly been recognised as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology. Our talented team has worked to expand the scope and reach of our research programmes internationally to mirror the growth of the semiconductor industry.

University research

SRC has supported $2.3 billion in research via the efforts of more than 11,000 university students and published more than 20 per cent of the world's semiconductor-related research.

When we initiated SRC, the semiconductor industry faced international competitive concerns with the manufacturing goals of increasing yields and a better understanding of the design and manufacturing of ICs. Now with the help of basic university research, the industry is tackling design automation and nanotechnology, among myriad other advancements.

Over the years, SRC has supported $2.3 billion in research via the efforts of more than 11,000 university students working in 25 different countries and 40 out of the 50 U.S. states. Many of these students advanced to earn their doctorate degree in technology-related fields and moved on to impact the industry.

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