DARPA, Chipmakers Seek Partners to Develop Ultrafast, Supersmart Semiconductors

April 24, 2012

A consortium of chip makers and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are seeking partners to build ultrafast semiconductors that could make use of nanotechnology and quantum engineering, according to a grant document.

The Focus Center Research Program is inviting U.S. universities to submit ideas for novel energy-efficient computing system architectures, anti-tamper circuit design techniques and electrical systems that could " 'intelligently' adapt to [or] interact with [their] physical or electromagnetic environment" and even "mimic human sensing functions."

The goal of the program is to boost the information processing power and storage capacity of integrated circuits, according the document. The research is expected to be high risk. Any products developed would likely hit markets in a decade. 

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