DARPA, the Defense Department’s research arm, set aside USD 75 Million for partners under the “Electronics Resurgence Initiative” in a push to utilize potential powerful ideas for chip technology. It is expected to receive USD 1.5 Billion over the years to continue to fund new ideas.
The ERI was announced in 2017 and has since asked for proposals from universities and research labs across the U.S. to further chip technologies. It elected a list of partners and participants including MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, IBM, Intel, Qualcomm and more. Each of which are associated with six sub-programs listed and described on TechCrunch.
The names of the sub-programs are as follow: Software-Defined Hardware (SDH), Domain-Specific System on Chip (DSSoC), Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA), Posh Open Source Hardware (POSH), 3-Dimensional Monolithic System-on-a-Chip (3DSoC) and Foundations Required for Novel Compute (FRANC).
DARPA is contracting researchers for research and development of chip technology as the Defense Department is a large supporter of technological science. It may be a way to spur American innovation in different sectors that may also help the military. According to a DARPA representative, more funding will be added from the USD 1.5 Billion budget depending on the merits and requirements of projects.
The ERI summit is still underway with information being exchanged from participants and representative at San Francisco, California from July 23rd to July 25th.