Faculty at the University of Michigan have joined forces to address the challenges in the development and production of next-generation semiconductors, with a focus on automotive systems and beyond. Their solutions encompass novel materials, circuits, architectures, and innovative educational initiatives that substantially expand the semiconductor workforce.
The MAVERIC Vision is organized along four research clusters, and two cross-cutting endeavors. The research clusters build on the U-M’s research strengths to address and solve critical challenges for the future of microelectronics, world-wide and in the US:
Moore's Law 2.0
Spanning research in new materials, new devices, new computing and storage for information technologies. This research effort includes research in new sustainable manufacturing processes, especially those that remove dependencies from rare-earth elements.
Resilient Hardware Systems
This cluster encompasses research in new embedded platforms, integrating energy efficiency from device to systems, and the development of new scalable, vertically-integrated solutions, which adopt new emerging packaging solutions.
Communications and Sensing Solutions
Delivering high-bandwidth communication solutions, including 6G and Terahertz circuits, and continuous-sensing and in-sensor processing for embedded devices operating on scavenged energy.
High Trust Systems from Low Trust Silicon
The cluster’s goal is to deliver trustworthy hardware, system solutions, built on hardware components that are manufactured by multiple, non-trustworthy design houses and fabs.
Education For 2040 Nanotechnology Leadership
The University of Michigan has a long-standing track record of educating engineers who are prepared to address today’s daunting technical challenges, while envisioning new solutions for the future of microelectronics. Michigan graduates are consistently sought out by industry because of their exceptional leadership, grit, and collaboration skills. This endeavor focuses on infusing industry expertise and passion into our curriculum, engaging students in applied learning experiences, and strengthening student pipelines from under-represented groups, both domestic and internationally.
Industry-Academia Collaborative Partnerships
Michigan believes that strong partnerships between industry and academia are critical in accelerating technology advancement. To this end, this cross-cutting effort will support and promote strong internship pipelines, especially when promoting new technology transfers, collaborative research endeavors, and in-residence industry experts to promote close engagements between Michigan researchers and industry partners.
Thanks to the rich history of automotive innovation in the State of Michigan, the University of Michigan has the expertise, experience and capacity to be uniquely positioned to lead innovation in automotive semiconductors.
Michigan Education in Microelectronics – By The Numbers
Our degree programs educate a large population of engineers specializing in semiconductors and computing, ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.