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Public-Private Partnerships for Semiconductor Research

Semiconductors are the foundation of information technology, making possible the internet, online businesses and social media. Semiconductors are also one of the U.S.’s top exports, with $42B in exports in 2015. NIST is working with the semiconductor industry to overcome quickly approaching physical limitations to chip improvement.

Credit: Photo by Erik Secula
Photo of a high-speed, amplified probe tip used to collect reliability data in the NIST Advanced Device Characterization and Reliability laboratory.

NIST partnered with companies in the semiconductor industry through the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) to identify and tackle the biggest research challenges facing the industry. Through this partnership, companies like IBM Corporation, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology and Texas Instruments can help guide research efforts by leaders in academia on the next generation of computing technologies.

In 2014, the U.S. semiconductor industry generated over $173B in sales and supported 1 million  jobs for U.S. workers. However, continued global leadership in the semiconductor industry is not guaranteed and will require continued focus and innovation by U.S. industry, government and academia. 

The resources, oversight and guidance provided by industry members of the NRI Consortium and NIST to leaders in academia contribute to educating the next generation of scientists and engineers while addressing the semiconductor industry’s most pressing scientific and technical challenges for moving beyond today’s semiconductor technologies. 

Questions? Contact inquiries [at] nist.gov (subject: Industry%20Impact%3A%20Semiconductors) (NIST Inquiries).