Center, New York: Rensselaer - Overview
The Focus Center - New York, Rensselaer is
part of the SIA/DARPA driven Focus Center Research Program
(FCRP). The FCRP plans a number of distributed, multi-university
based centers, each of which will focus on one aspect of microelectronics.
These centers are being established by MARCO, a wholly owned
subsidiary of the SRC, and DARPA.
FC-NY, RPI is part of the 'IFC' or Interconnect
Focus Center: Interconnections for Gigascale Integration,
that focuses on interconnects. The IFC officially started
in October of 1998, and is headquartered at Georgia Institute
of Technology. Other universities involved in the IFC, in
addition to Rensselaer, include Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Stanford University, State University of New York
at Albany, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
The New York universities form the FC-NY, which is headquartered
at SUNY Albany.
The IFC focuses on the discovery and invention
of new solutions that will enable the U.S. semiconductor industry
to transcend known limits on interconnects that would otherwise
decelerate or halt the rate of progress toward gigascale integration.
Essentially, we look for breakthroughs to overcome perceived
'roadblocks' to improving interconnect performance on the
ten year time frame.
Rensselaer participates in the IFC through research focused
on the areas outlined below. These research projects are facilitated
by considerable support from the state of New York in addition
to the funds from MARCO/DARPA, and by collaborations with
other universities, particularly SUNY Albany.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact
Professor Saroj K. Nayak