The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the work of teams from academia and industry seeking to create ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to ensure the country maintains dominance in the electronics field.
The agency launched the five-year USD1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) in September 2017, which aims to develop advanced materials, circuit design tools, and new system architectures.
ERI is intended to counter mounting business costs in the electronics market and increasing foreign investment. It is also aimed at directing investment to more sophisticated applications in the value chain, Dr Bill Chappell, director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), said.
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