March 8, 2001
ECE Professor Rob Rutenbar will head a national consortium of nine research universities and will oversee the allocation of $19.4 million over three years to study improvements for semiconductor product design.
The Center for Circuits, Systems, and Software (C2S2) will focus on improvements to circuits, systems, and software used in cellular phones, video games, optical networking, broadband and analog applications. Center researchers have aggressive goals such as reducing circuit production time from one year to 24 hours, and reducing design teams from 100 people to four or five.
Semiconductor manufacturers such as Intel and IBM are anticipating that research results from this initiative will provide the industry with newer, more economical ways of producing the next wave of semiconductor products. Other university consortium members include MIT, Stanford, Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Illinois and the University of Washington.
C2S2 is one of four centers in the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP) established by the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO) which supports long-range innovative applied research.
In addition to his faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon, Rutenbar is co-founder of Neolinear, a successful Pittsburgh-based technology company specializing in high-speed analog signal processing circuits.