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Semiconductor Industry Forms Unique Partnership With Government And Universities To Develop Next-Generation Chip Technology

The STARnet program supports 145 research professors and 400 graduate students at 39 universities overall. The program is also helping develop the next-generation of Ph.D. graduates in electrical engineering, computer science and the physical sciences.

STARnet, one of several government-industry-university partnerships that aim to advance semiconductor technology, is the successor to the existing Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), which was launched in 1997.

"The U.S. semiconductor industry's unique model for industry-government-university collaborations will help ensure that the industry continues to create jobs, drive economic growth and develop the technologies needed to build a brighter future for our country," Toohey said.

For more information about the STARnet program, visit http://www.src.org/program/starnet/.

About the SIA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key driver of America's economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – enable the systems and products that we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries.

The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2011, U.S. semiconductor sales totaled more than $150 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn more at www.sia-online.org.

Media Contact Dan Rosso drosso@sia-online.org 202-446-1719

SOURCE Semiconductor Industry Association

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