The microelectronics community is facing an array of long foreseen obstacles to Moore’s Law, the transistor scaling that has allowed for 50 years of rapid progress in electronics. Announced in June 2017, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) is a five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in the future of domestic, U.S. government, and defense electronics systems. ERI is forging forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD to move from an era of generalization to one of circuit specialization. Today, ERI encompasses over 19 programs, including eight foundational programs that lay its early groundwork; six “Page 3” programs that call for new approaches to microelectronics materials and integration, architectures, and designs; and six “Phase II” programs that emphasize electronics security and privacy, differentiated product offerings from domestic suppliers, and novel defense applications. By drawing on the recommendations found in Gordon Moore's seminal 1965 paper and building on the tradition of successful government-industry partnerships, ERI is working to create a more specialized, secure, and heavily automated electronics industry that meets the needs of the national defense community as well as the domestic commercial sector.
To jump-start innovation and foster forward-looking collaborations across the U.S. electronics community, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office will host a three-day event that will bring together those most impacted by the coming inflection in Moore’s Law. The 2019 ERI Summit will highlight the technical achievements of ERI programs, support continued research collaborations, and offer opportunities to solicit community input on new efforts. The Summit will also emphasize the impact of advanced electronics for both semiconductor designers and manufacturers as well as the electronics user base, where sectors like automotive, telecommunications, and defense will increasingly rely on new technologies to maintain a competitive edge.
Keynotes from an ensemble of leading voices in the semiconductor industry will address the challenges and opportunities facing the next 50 years of progress in electronics.
Please contact us directly at ERI-Summit@darpa.mil.