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MICL Seminar

A Review of the CHIPS for America Research and Development Programs

Brian HoskinsDetailee, CHIPS Research and Development Office
1200 EECS BuildingMap

ABSTRACT: Recent supply chain challenges caused by the pandemic and natural disasters raised awareness of America’s dwindling manufacturing share of semiconductor chips, including none of the most advanced chips. In response, the President signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law last year, making an historic $53 billion investment into U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research, and workforce development. The CHIPS Act’s implementation will help ensure our long-term economic and national security. In particular, the $11 billion dedicated to R&D will help the U.S. maintain its technological leadership. In this lecture, the four main components of the CHIPS R&D Office will be reviewed, as well as the different ways diverse stakeholders from industry and academia can participate in these new, once-in-a-generation programs.

BIO: Brian Hoskins is a detailee to the CHIPS Research and Development Office as a Semiconductor Ecosystem Advisor where he focuses on digital and electronic assets for upcoming R&D Programs. In his standard responsibilities he works as a research physicist in the Alternative Computing Group in the Nanoscale Device Characterization Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). He received both a B.S. and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For his doctoral research, he developed and characterized resistive switching devices for use in neuromorphic networks. Brian’s research is to develop new CMOS-based platforms for characterizing new types of computing systems, especially neuromorphic networks.