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Purdue-Dassault Systèmes partnership strives to improve, accelerate and transform semiconductor workforce development

February 19, 2024

Purdue is working to revolutionize workforce development for the semiconductor and microelectronics industry, with its latest collaboration focused on delivering virtual twin capabilities to augment and accelerate semiconductor training, research and sustainability, as well as the development of new skills.

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Hanford appointed CEO and trustee of Natcast Inc.

January 17, 2024

Deirdre Hanford, co-chair of Purdue University’s Semiconductor Degrees Leadership Board, was appointed Tuesday (Jan. 16) as CEO and trustee of the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast). Natcast Inc. is a new, purpose-built, nonprofit entity created to operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) consortium.

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Purdue University Prof. Vijay Raghunathan elevated to Fellow status with IEEE

December 13, 2023

Vijay Raghunathan, Purdue University’s Vice President of Global Partnerships and Programs and Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been selected for the 2024 class of Fellows with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), effective January 1, 2024. This is the highest grade of membership the institute confers upon its members.

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European technology leader imec opens innovation hub at Purdue

December 11, 2023

Purdue University and Belgium-based technological innovation organization imec on Friday (Dec. 8) celebrated the grand opening of a research and development hub at the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration on Purdue’s campus.

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Purdue’s new institute for advanced system integration and packaging honors Boilermaker and innovative visionary in semiconductors

December 5, 2023

Purdue University will recognize the impact of alumnus and semiconductor pioneer John Atalla with the naming of the newest system integration and packaging research institute on campus.

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ECE's Datta receives prestigious research award from leading semiconductor organizations

November 20, 2023

Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, has been honored with the 2023 University Research Award by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

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VICTORS program trains veterans for jobs as semiconductor industry technicians

November 13, 2023

Purdue University has initiated, and is seeking additional support for, a project to train veterans for jobs in the vital semiconductor industry using a combination of online learning, virtual reality, and real-life training.

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Virtual semiconductor fabrication app prepares users for the real thing

November 13, 2023

The virtual semiconductor fabrication app, vFabLab, is accessible online from any computer or mobile device and is designed to train individuals on semiconductor device fabrication processes and associated equipment before they start working in cleanroom facilities.

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Chipshub: An online platform for everything semiconductors

November 9, 2023

Purdue University is leveraging its expertise in scientific simulation tools to help the nation take the lead as the hub for semiconductors and chips research, development and manufacturing. The university is teaming with the state of Indiana, the U.S. Department of Defense and the international not-for-profit R&D center imec to unveil Chipshub, an online platform for semiconductor simulations, software, collaboration and workforce development.

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Semiconductor Week 2023 brings top industry officials to campus

November 6, 2023

Purdue held its second Semiconductor Week Oct. 17-26 to showcase its continued leadership and commitment to strengthen expertise in microelectronics and semiconductors in the United States.

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Purdue Silicon Summit further accelerates momentum with announcements and brings national, global semiconductor leaders to campus

October 17, 2023

Purdue University will host the 2023 Purdue Silicon Summit starting today (Oct. 17) and continuing through Oct. 25.

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CEO of Intel to join President Chiang for Purdue’s Presidential Lecture Series

October 6, 2023

Intel Corp. Chief Executive Patrick Gelsinger, who has over four decades of technology leadership and experience in driving innovation, will join Purdue University President Mung Chiang as part of the Presidential Lecture Series.

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Purdue center addresses pressing challenge of securing semiconductor chips

October 4, 2023

Purdue University’s emergence as a leader in semiconductor chips also requires it to usher in a new level of security that protects those essential chips needed for everything from your car and cellphone to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Purdue’s semiconductor innovation ecosystem grows with CHIPS-funded, Indiana-led semiconductor hub and with upcoming summit

September 25, 2023

Purdue University continues building momentum as America’s leading university in semiconductors, with a broad range of updates this fall semester.

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Purdue establishes permanent presence next to NSWC Crane for future of national defense and semiconductors

September 6, 2023

Officials of Purdue University, the Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI) and the Purdue Research Foundation announced a permanent presence in elevating the partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), in a ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, at WestGate Academy in Odon, Indiana.

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Second funding round delivers $19 million to Purdue-led microelectronics workforce development program

August 30, 2023

Purdue University on Wednesday (Aug. 30) announced that the SCALE (Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement) microelectronics workforce development program will receive more than $19 million in funding from the Department of Defense to strengthen existing efforts in key research areas and to add new academic partners.

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READI program opens realm of semiconductor possibilities for Greater Lafayette high school students

August 29, 2023

Fifty-five students from six counties and 12 different high schools in and around Tippecanoe County and the Greater Lafayette area completed a two-week summer program that could give them a leg up in the rising semiconductor industry. The students were recognized for this achievement on June 16 during a graduation ceremony inside Convergence at Discovery Park District (DPD).

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Seeing STARS: Purdue trains next generation of semiconductor engineers

August 24, 2023

As their campus tour wound its way through Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center, Raygan Bingham and her mom peered through the windows of the facility’s semiconductor cleanroom.

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Fall semester Presidential Lecture Series features Internet founders, University of Chicago president, Intel CEO and pioneer female astronaut on Purdue campus

July 27, 2023

Guest speakers and thought leaders taking part in Purdue University’s Presidential Lecture Series this fall include the founders of the Internet, a leader and nanomaterials researcher in academia, the chief executive of a microprocessor industry giant, and a pioneering female astronaut and Purdue alumna.

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Summer program helps students develop skills for growing semiconductors industry

June 27, 2023

Devin Singh always has been interested in chips. He’d worked on some personal projects in the past making emulators for consoles like Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, and he was interested in the process of combining simple components into making a functional machine that could do “cool things,” like play video games.

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Purdue and SEMI convene semiconductor partnership meeting in Washington, D.C., with top Indian government officials and industry leaders

June 26, 2023

Purdue University President Mung Chiang on Friday (June 23) joined top U.S. and Indian government officials and technology industry leaders in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-India Semiconductor Collaborative, aimed at growing the relationship between Purdue and the South Asian nation.

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Purdue, TSMC extend partnership on semiconductor research and workforce development

June 22, 2023

Purdue University continues to advance semiconductor workforce development by renewing a strong partnership between industry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and the university’s Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem.

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From micro to macro: cooling data centers from the inside out

June 20, 2023

In the U.S., data centers account for approximately 2% of total electricity consumption; a large percentage of that is for cooling high-performance microchips. Purdue University researchers have received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop cooling systems for these microchips, making data centers more efficient and saving energy that will help mitigate climate change.

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Purdue launches partnership with Greek universities and business chamber, deepens collaboration with European semiconductor hub in Belgium

June 5, 2023

Purdue University continues to broaden and widen its global footprint with the signing of a series of Memoranda of Understanding with four leading research universities in Greece, at a time when the U.S. and Greece enjoy a very strong relation.

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Purdue excels at ITherm conference

June 5, 2023

Purdue was well-represented at ITherm 2023, winning three paper awards and four poster awards. The Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems was held in Orlando, FL in June 2023.

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Purdue signs landmark U.S.-Japan agreement in semiconductors at G7 summit

May 22, 2023

Purdue University continues to be the world leader in creating vital partnerships in semiconductors. On Sunday (May 21) in Hiroshima, Japan, Purdue President Mung Chiang signed another landmark international agreement, partnering with Micron, Tokyo Electron and other educational institutions in the United States and Japan to establish the "UPWARDS Network" for workforce advancement and research and development in semiconductors.

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Purdue and India establish milestone semiconductor alliance; sign partnership in the presence of Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

May 10, 2023

Purdue University continues to rapidly expand its global boundaries in semiconductors, announcing a transformative agreement to become the flagship academic partner and collaborator with the government of India.

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From artisanal to automatic: Purdue tool allows greater control, speed for semiconductor manufacture

May 8, 2023

Purdue University engineers have developed a patent-pending tool to make the manufacture of ultrathin semiconductors more consistent, controllable and repeatable than traditional methods.

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US-Europe semiconductors collaboration milestone as Purdue-imec announce partnership

May 3, 2023

Purdue University and the state of Indiana continue to make giant leaps in semiconductor research growth with a first-of-its-kind agreement with a cutting-edge European nano- and digital technology innovation hub.

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Purdue@DC to amplify Boilermaker presence in nation's capital

April 28, 2023

Purdue University President Mung Chiang announced Friday (April 28) Purdue@DC, an initiative that will amplify the university’s presence in Washington, D.C.

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Purdue convenes CHIPS summit in D.C. with Sec. Raimondo and Sen. Young, announces sustainability index and facility investment

April 19, 2023

Leaders from industry, government and academia convened at a summit Tuesday (April 18) in Washington, D.C. to forge national solutions at scale to address the future of U.S. innovation in microelectronics and the semiconductor workforce.

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Purdue Plans $100M Semiconductor Research and Learning Facilities

April 14, 2023

As student interest in computing-related majors and the societal impact of AI and semiconductor chips continues to rise rapidly, Purdue University and its Board of Trustees announced Friday (April 14) a major initiative, Purdue Computes, consisting of three dimensions.

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Purdue continues to lead in chip technology and workforce innovation across the US

April 12, 2023

From creating microchip ‘clocks’ to authoring a book series on semiconductors, Purdue continues to forge the future of microelectronics in 2023. Purdue University’s persistent pursuit of microchip advancement through the innovation, partnerships and programs highlighted in this roundup continues to move the field forward.

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Study away trip bridges networking, industry knowledge in Silicon Valley

March 30, 2023

For most Purdue students, Spring Break centers around migrating south to warmer weather and sunny beaches. While it was (mostly) sunny in California, one particular group of 25 Boilermakers enrolled the opportunity to visit some of the most illustrious tech companies in Silicon Valley.

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PowerShift Case Competition – Focus on Semiconductor Industry

February 24, 2023

This annual case competition, hosted by the Daniels School's Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business, challenges students to use their skills to create solutions for a real-world business issue involving gender diversity. The goal of the competition is to generate important dialogue and learning among future business leaders.

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Arvind Raman selected as the next dean of Purdue's College of Engineering

February 6, 2023

Longtime Purdue University administrator, faculty member and Boilermaker alumnus Arvind Raman is the new John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.

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Purdue Engineering to play key role in two new SRC JUMP 2.0 centers

February 6, 2023

Purdue University College of Engineering faculty have been tapped for leadership positions in two new research centers launched by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to accelerate U.S. advances in information and communications technologies.

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Purdue Trustees Ratifies packaging expert Subbarayan as the James G. Dwyer Professor of Mechanical Engineering

February 3, 2023

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (Feb. 3) ratified two faculty positions and three staff positions and approved the contract for the university’s new football coach and resolutions of appreciation.

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Transistors repurposed as microchip 'clock' address supply chain weakness

January 25, 2023

Microchip fab plants in the United States can cram billions of data processing transistors onto a tiny silicon chip, but a critical device, in essence a “clock,” to time the operation of those transistors must be made separately – creating a weak point in chip security and the supply line.

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Chen named director of Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center

December 21, 2022

Recognized worldwide for two decades of excellence in nanotechnology research, Zhihong Chen has been named the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center after serving one year as the center’s interim director. Her directorship becomes effective Jan. 1.

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Purdue and World Scientific announce new book series to unleash new era of semiconductor innovation

December 20, 2022

Inspired by the Semiconductor Electronics Education Committee (SEEC), which produced a series of short, low-cost paperback books in the 1960s that sparked the microelectronic revolution, Purdue University’s College of Engineering, in partnership with World Scientific and the American Semiconductor Academy (ASA) Initiative, has announced the New Era Electronics: A Lecture Notes Series, a 21st century continuation of the SEEC notes.

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Purdue to celebrate transistor's 75th anniversary; Engineering to announce book series

December 16, 2022

A celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the invention of the transistor is set for Dec. 16 at Burton D. Morgan Hall. Purdue’s role in transistor history will be highlighted during the event.

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Purdue-led project awarded $5 million for Greater Lafayette to grow semiconductor industry workforce

December 7, 2022

A Purdue University-led project will receive $5 million in funding through a Greater Lafayette economic development initiative to support the expected regional workforce demand in the promising semiconductor manufacturing industry, Purdue and community officials announced Wednesday (Dec. 7).

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Purdue University and GlobalFoundries partner to strengthen research and development, semiconductor education

November 23, 2022

Purdue University, a public university with leading semiconductor workforce development and R&D programs, and GlobalFoundries (Nasdaq: GFS) (GF), a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, today (Nov. 23) announced a new strategic partnership to strengthen and expand collaboration on semiconductor research and education.

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Microelectronics engineer helps 'get the lead out' of solder

November 9, 2022

Carol Handwerker’s life’s work is aimed at increasing reliability in everything from the largest Navy carrier to the family car. She does it by researching probably the most inconspicuous material: solder.

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Purdue partners with IIT Madras to create semiconductor dual-degree program

November 4, 2022

Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) will soon launch a dual-degree master’s program in semiconductors as part of a newly signed agreement to cooperate in education and research in semiconductors and microelectronics.

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Purdue strengthens semiconductor workforce development with dedicated week, new course, summer program

October 10, 2022

When Purdue launched the nation’s first comprehensive Semiconductor Degrees Program (SDP) in May 2022, it was just one part of the College of Engineering’s plan to aggressively prepare a U.S. workforce ready to handle growing industry demands.

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Nearly $11M in additional DOD funds expands Purdue-led microelectronics workforce program

September 26, 2022

Purdue University announced Sept. 16 the SCALE (Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement) microelectronics workforce development program will extend five years and expand with additional Department of Defense funding of $10.8 million, and a ceiling of $99 million.

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Professors Subbarayan and Roy earn top awards from semiconductor research corporation

September 18, 2022

Kaushik Roy, Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Ganesh Subbarayan, professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, recently were honored with two of the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s most prestigious academic awards during its annual conference, TECHCON 2022, held Sept. 18-20 in Austin, Texas.

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Secretaries of State, Commerce discuss efforts to build a US microelectronics ecosystem

September 13, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visited Purdue University on Tuesday (Sept. 13) to tour university research facilities and meet students as they embark on their mission to bolster the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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Purdue joins 12-member Midwest network to advance domestic semiconductors and microelectronics

August 22, 2022

Purdue University will partner with 11 colleges and universities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to form the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics. The network will develop innovative solutions in higher education to best support the onshoring of the advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industries and address the industries’ research and workforce needs.

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SkyWater Technology chooses Discovery Park District at Purdue for $1.8B semiconductor fabrication facility

July 20, 2022

The announcement Wednesday (July 20) by SkyWater Technology that it plans to open a $1.8 billion state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing facility in Discovery Park District at Purdue University marks a huge step forward for the American semiconductor industry, Purdue’s thriving innovation district and the university’s continued emergence as one of the principal drivers of the Indiana economy.

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Purdue University partners with leading global chipmaker on semiconductor design center

June 28, 2022

Purdue University’s College of Engineering is partnering with MediaTek Inc., a leading global fabless chipmaker, to open the company's first semiconductor chip design center in the Midwest, to be housed on Purdue’s campus.

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Purdue's new Institute of Hard AI connects AI with the physical world

June 14, 2022

Purdue’s College of Engineering announced the formation of the Institute of Hard AI on Tuesday (June 14) during the 11th annual meeting of the National Academy of Inventors in Phoenix. The collegewide institute positions Purdue as a national leader in artificial intelligence at the interface of the virtual and physical worlds.

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Purdue University names Chiang its next president

June 10, 2022

The Purdue Board of Trustees announced today (June 10) its unanimous election of Dr. Mung Chiang, currently the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, as the university’s next president. Dr. Chiang will replace current president Mitch Daniels effective Jan. 1, 2023. Daniels has served since January 2013.

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Purdue launches nation's first comprehensive Semiconductor Degrees Program

May 27, 2022

In the next five years, a minimum of 50,000 trained semiconductor engineers will be needed in the United States to meet the overwhelming and rapidly growing demand. Purdue University has answered that call, becoming the first in the country to launch a comprehensive set of innovative, interdisciplinary degrees and credentials in semiconductors and microelectronics

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Purdue and Ivy Tech are partnering to meet the workforce needs in microelectronics

May 5, 2022

Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College are partnering to help meet the future workforce needs in microelectronics, a field that is expected to add more than 100,000 workers over the next decade.

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Purdue engineer focuses on the future of microelectronics now

April 19, 2022

Secure microelectronics and a future workforce capable of providing them are essential to the U.S. economy and security, says a Purdue University engineer.

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Purdue-SRC partner in pursuit of advanced microelectronics, semiconductor workforce

January 11, 2022

In pursuit of more powerful microelectronic systems, more powerful microchips must be packaged closer together, with more robust connections – the same is true for the research partnership to achieve it.

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Dean Chiang's Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives: "Ensuring American Leadership in Microelectronics"

December 2, 2021

Mung Chiang, Executive Vice President for strategic initiatives and the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, on Dec. 2 provided testimony during a U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing titled "Ensuring American Leadership in Microelectronics.”

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Purdue to host Microelectronics and Advanced Packaging Workforce Development workshop

November 8, 2021

Purdue University, a national leader in microelectronics research and workforce development, will host a workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities related to the future of microelectronics and advanced packaging in the U.S.

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Purdue technology for downscaling transistors could advance semiconductor design

September 17, 2021

An innovation by Purdue University researchers could help the semiconductor industry design transistors that are smaller, use less power and switch from on to off at smaller applied voltages. As a result, the innovation could lead to better and more powerful central processing unit generations, which can compute more operations with less energy.

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Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem launched at Purdue with TSMC, Synopsys

April 12, 2021

Purdue University has launched the Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem (CSME) with support from industry partners and a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)-funded workforce development program.

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Purdue to lead national workforce development project on trusted microelectronics

October 20, 2020

Purdue University will lead a national initiative sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to address the urgent need for engineering graduates to develop defense technologies, especially in the area of microelectronics.

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