The Future Chips Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a team of faculty, research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students performing leading-edge research in the field of compound semiconductor materials and devices to bring about leap-frog advances in device technology. The Future Chips Constellation was established in September 2002 and is led by E. Fred Schubert.
Compound semiconductors have enabled the fastest internet connections, highest frequency transistors, brightest light-emitting diodes, highest-efficiency lasers, cell phones, and may other technological advances. The focus of the Future Chips Constellation is on compound semiconductor materials and devices to enable substantial and significant advances in communications, lighting, sensing, and imaging.
The Future Chips Constellation is the first of a total of six constellations currently being established at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Constellations are part of the Rensselaer Plan that articulates the Institute's ambitious goal: to secure Rensselaer's place as a world-class technological research university for a new century.