UCLA Engineering has established the Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance Scaling (CHIPS) to address the dramatic changes taking place in the electronic hardware arena. The immense cost of semiconductor development and manufacturing, together with the saturation in cost-power-performance metrics, has led to a consolidation of semiconductor fabrication into mega foundries. Even more far-reaching is a similar consolidation in the chip-design area. Computing paradigms are evolving as systems become more data centric and heterogeneous. This calls for a fundamental re-thinking of IC design and manufacture.
CHIPS is an interdisciplinary university-led consortium composed of industrial partners, universities and government agencies to address this problem holistically. Starting from the application space, the design environment, and the integration scheme, new materials and components will be developed. These include energy sources, memory, sensors, passives, electromechanical and medical devices – all need to be integrated into this new application space.
CHIPS will develop new methodologies and infrastructure for integrating small dielets at pitches comparable to on-chip wiring levels, enabling both latencies and bandwidth at on-chip levels. CHIPS will also apply monolithic 3D integration using wafer-to-wafer bonding for memory scaling and cognitive applications. The ability to hardware synthesize extremely large systems from prefabricated hard IP will reduce turn-around times from years to weeks and costs from tens of millions to a few hundred thousand dollars. We believe this paradigm shift will change the way systems are integrated, spur innovation and deliver new products significantly faster with an associated reduced cost.
The UCLA Medical School and the Wireless Health Institute have established a close alliance with CHIPS to apply CHIPS methodology to the unique but far-reaching problems of integrating biocompatible and flexible health-related devices.
Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor Subramanian Iyer is Director of CHIPS.
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