Semiconductor Association Funds Nanoelectronics Research

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that it has made five research grants to bolder nanoelectronics research at U.S. universities, including a grant to the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) headquartered to UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Semiconductor Industry Association's new Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) creates two new university-based nanolectronics research centers and supports additional research at existing NSF centers. The grant to the Western Insitute of Nanoelectronics will include participation from UCLA, Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara, and Stanford. The research group at WIN will focus on novel spintronics and plasmonic devices, with additional from Intel and the UC Discovery program. The SIA will also provide supplemental grants for a number of existing NSF nanoscience centers, including the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Researchers from Advanced Micro Devices, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Intel, Micron, and Texas Instruments will be involved in the programs.