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Friday, March 5th, 2021

DARPA Summit to include future electronics investment initiatives

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Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) officials are incorporating the organization’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) into a three-day gathering designed to galvanize industry professionals.

The ERI, introduced in June 2017, is a multi-year, $1.5 billion investment in jumpstarting innovation and collaboration, and will be part of next month’s ERI Summit in San Francisco, California.

“As ERI continues to evolve over the next five years, an ongoing, community-wide dialogue must be maintained around the direction and future research efforts required to keep the U.S. at the forefront of microelectronics innovation,” Bill Chappell, director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), which oversees ERI, said. “For decades, DARPA has helped grow and integrate communities across the electronics ecosystem, and with ERI we are continuing that mission. The workshops create an opportunity for these communities to collectively brainstorm how to further shape the future of the electronics enterprise.”

Organizers said Alphabet, Applied Materials, Intel, Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, NVIDIA, and IBM are among the entities slated as summit participants as a means of addressing challenges and opportunities for the next 50 years of progress in electronics.

DARPA program managers, as well as prominent voices in the respective fields of focus, will lead the workshops, officials said, noting each session would include information about future areas of microelectronics exploration for DARPA, as well as an active dialogue between presenters and attendees.