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Texas $30M SWAN Takes Nano To Semicondcutors

by siebo last modified March 30, 2007 - 15:43

Texas Instruments Inc., along with several other technology firms, the Texas state government and the University of Texas System will pour $30 million in a new nanoelectronics research program to be based at UT Austin. The program, Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN), will focus nanotechnology R&D on extending Moore's Law, the paradigm in semiconductor design and production which predicts that the number of transistors on a chip can be roughly doubled every 18 months.

Texas $30M SWAN Takes Nano To Semicondcutors

University of Texas Austin's College of Engieering to be the headquarters for Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics

Many technologists have predicted the ability to double CPU capacities every 1 ½ years is coming to an end.

"When we need to start making circuits that are even smaller than what we can make on silicon, how can we do that? That's the first challenge," said a TI spokesperson. Another SWAN goal is to develop near-term practical applications for nanoelectronics in a variety of fields such as defense, energy, agriculture and healthcare.

The proposal, when completed, will go forward for approval to the Nano Electronics Research Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that funds nanoelectronics technology-oriented research programs across the country. Currently NERC has funded two other new nanoelectronic research centers at the University of California, Los Angeles and at State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. If funding is approved, the Texas center, headquartered at UT Austin, would be the country’s third new university-based nanoelectronic research center.  NERC will also have to approve the project.