The NSTC will be a public private-sector consortium focused on enablement of advanced semiconductor technology. It will play a pivotal role in driving U.S. technological innovation and leadership over the long term. Furthermore, it will support the U.S. in refining and accelerating its global technology and semiconductor leadership. The establishment of a Memory Coalition of Excellence (MCOE), as a pillar within the NSTC, is critical for foundational memory technologies and will further enhance American economic competitiveness and national security. The MCOE will bring together industry leaders, academia and national labs further supporting the U.S. in refining and accelerating its global technology and semiconductor leadership. Micron, together with Western Digital, has outlined the criticality of the NSTC and recommendations for the Memory Coalition of Excellence in the proposal: Memory Coalition of Excellence Recommendations for the National Semiconductor Technology Center. Below are key excerpts from this report:
Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing & The Role of Memory
Over the last twenty years there has been a ‘data explosion’ in the industry – memory and storage have grown from 10% of global semiconductor industry revenue in the year 2000 to approximately 30% of the industry’s revenue today. The ubiquitous nature of memory in electronic systems means that memory cells make up approximately 85% of the entire device count in semiconductor manufacturing. Memory is not only ubiquitous, it is at the leading edge of semiconductor manufacturing, requiring production of advanced technologies that are pushing the laws of physics. Tomorrow’s challenges for new memory and storage architectures must reimagine and reinvent how data is moved and stored within and between these electronic and computing systems. And, we now have a historic opportunity to regain global semiconductor leadership through the passage of the Chips and Science legislation and subsequent funding of the NSTC. The establishment of a MCOE will further support sustained domestic memory technology innovation, secure a continued cadence of world leading technological advancements, and ultimately, ensure continued U.S. economic and national security.
Recommendations: Memory Coalition of Excellence
The NSTC should develop and articulate a long-term (>5 years) vision and roadmap for the future of next generation semiconductor technology. We recommend the MCOE be focused across industry, academia and government with clearly defined objectives to overcome the current challenges in the semiconductor industry and support the overall objectives of the NSTC. It is anticipated that the MCOE will seamlessly partner with other envisioned COEs on logic, packaging and interconnect technologies critical to U.S. technology leadership
Some key activities for the MCOE to realize next generation solutions should include:
- Research and development for materials, process/metrology technologies, and new analysis techniques;
- Modeling methodologies and tools;
- Next generation 3D memory technology development;
- New memory design concept enablement;
- Near and/or in memory compute proto-typing;
- Heterogeneous integration at wafer and chip level; and
- Advanced packaging.
The world will not wait for us to catch up. For the U.S. to remain the technology leader and globally competitive, the industry needs sustained investment in core research, manufacturing technologies, infrastructure and ecosystems that will be made possible by the NSTC and the Memory Coalition of Excellence.
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