FAME Overview

The new Focus Center on Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME) aims to incorporate nonconventional materials and nanostructures with their quantum properties for enabling analog, logic and memory devices for beyond Boolean computation. The Center’s main focus is nonconventional material solutions ranging from semiconductors, dielectrics and metallic materials as well as their correlated quantum properties. The mission of FAME is to create and investigate new nonconventional atomic scale engineered materials and structures of multi-function oxides, metals and semiconductors to accelerate innovations in analog, logic and memory devices for revolutionary impact on the semiconductor and defense industries.

FAME is one of six university-based research centers established by the SRC through its Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet). Funded by the DARPA as part of the Department of Defense and U.S. semiconductor and supplier industries as a public-private partnership, STARnet projects help maintain U.S. leadership in semiconductor technology vital to U.S. prosperity, security and intelligence. Annually, $40 million is dedicated to the program, with each center receiving about $6 million.

SRC, the world’s leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, administers the STARnet program. Industry partners include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Raytheon, Texas Instruments and United Technologies.