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.
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.
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700+ students trained for high-tech professions through the NRI
60 patent applications based on work leveraging NRI
“The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) and the regional research centers exemplify what can be done when industry, government, and academia work together. This investment is likely to pay substantial dividends in the future. Leading-edge university research centers have proved to be powerful magnets for investment by technology companies and will help build the high-tech ecosystem for high-value jobs in the future.”
– George Scalise, Former President of the Semiconductor Industry Association