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DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas


A silicon chip.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electronics Resurgence Initiative aims to advance post-Moore's Law technologies.

Credit: The Irish Times

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) aims to cultivate broad chip-industry and other partnerships and advance progress of post-Moore's Law technologies, according to program director Bill Chappell.

"This is a wildly interesting time where lots of creativity will make up for the march of scaling," Chappell says.

Among his expectations when ERI concludes is the design of electronics by smaller teams, machine learning and other methods helping automate physical verification, exploration of deep-neural networks' limits, and nanowatt-class sensors.

Chappell says ERI will have launched 10 to 12 such programs over 24 months, while next year the Defense Department's Joint University Microelectronics Program will establish centers conducting systems and circuit research in terahertz wireless, distributed systems, cognitive computing, and storage/memory.

"I see ERI as an opportunity to engage a broader set of partners to bring things to market, many who haven't collaborated with DARPA before," says NVIDIA's Steve Keckler.

From EE Times
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