SRC will work to develop a manufacturing roadmap that identifies essential technologies and the steps needed to build a workforce

April 7, 2022

DURHAM, N.C.—Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a high technology research consortium, was selected for a $300,000 award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Office to define the future technology goals of the microelectronics and advanced packaging technology (MAPT) industry, according to a release from SRC.

Over the next 18 months, SRC will develop a manufacturing roadmap for MAPT that includes identification of essential technologies and steps needed to develop a workforce to support the roadmap. Semiconductor Research Corporation was the only awardee chosen by NIST’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to focus on these emerging MAPT technologies, SRC said in the release.

This roadmap will be created and used by the community to bolster emerging microelectronics applications and fortify the microelectronics supply chain.

“SRC’s proven leadership as a world-renowned facilitator of interdisciplinary research makes us uniquely suited to address the real and present challenges of bringing the R&D community together to set the technical direction for strengthening the U.S. economy and securing supply chains in the microelectronics industry,” said SRC President and CEO, Dr. Todd Younkin, in the release. “NIST’s recognition of our capabilities creates an exciting opportunity to establish essential research infrastructure in the field of microelectronics and advanced packaging technology.”

Semiconductor Research Corporation Chief Scientist Victor Zhirnov said, “The selection of SRC highlights the need for mapping out the future of emerging microelectronics. This award closely aligns with SRC’s Decadal Plan, which stresses the urgency of increased funding in this area.”

The SRC said in the release that it looks forward to building consensus and working with leaders from industry, government, and academia in developing the roadmap. Key partners for governance of the roadmap will include representatives from AMD, IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, Purdue University, SUNY Binghamton, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), such as Morgan State University and Hampton University, will play a vital role in bringing diverse perspectives to the roadmap and expanding workforce development opportunities, according to SRC.

Additional information, including partners that provided Letters of Support for this collaboration, can be found at src.org/about/nist-mapt-roadmap/.

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC.org) serves as a crossroads of collaboration between technology companies, academia, government agencies, and SRC’s highly regarded engineers and scientists. Through its interdisciplinary research programs, SRC plays a key role in addressing global challenges, using research and development strategies, and advanced tools and technologies.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), founded in 1901, is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Its mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

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