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The United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to find the electronics industry's next iteration of Moore's Law and has loaded up a US$75 million defibrillator to jolt industry into making it happen.
The moolah comes by way of an expansion of the blue-sky agency's Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), which already had $141 million on its books to spend in 2018.
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As DARPA's announcement of the cash splash says, it's getting harder and harder to keep Moore's Law tick-tocking over. As Bill Chappell of the agency's Microsystems Technology Office puts it: “The current trajectory is straining commercial and defence developments”.
The new money will support six new ERI programs to support basic research into new materials, circuit design tools, and system architecture.
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