University of Minnesota gets $28 million semiconductor research grant [Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.]
(Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 17--The University of Minnesota has been awarded $28 million to lead research on developing the next generation of semiconductors, the school said Thursday, Jan. 17.
The five-year grant was awarded by the Semiconductor Research Corp., formed by a global collection of private companies, universities and government agencies, and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the entity that developed the Internet.
The funding will support work at the university's new Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures, or C-SPIN, the university said.
The center will gather researchers from across the nation to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems, which have been described as a way to break through the limits of current semiconductor technology.
C-SPIN was one of six research centers that received a total of $194 million for 39 universities though the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network administered by the Semiconductor Research Corp.
The other lead research centers were:
-- The Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR) at the University of Michigan;
-- The Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME) at the University of California, Los Angeles.
-- The Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST) at the University of Notre Dame;
-- The Center for Systems on Nanoscale Information Fabrics (SONIC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne;
TerraSwarm Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
C-SPIN, on the university's Twin Cities campus, will fund research by 31 experts from 14 universities.
The other schools involved with the C-SPIN research are Carnegie-Mellon University; Cornell University; Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Pennsylvania State University; Purdue University; University of Alabama; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Iowa; University of Michigan; University of Nebraska; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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