Iisc: IISc, Samsung R&D wing partner for semiconductor tech research – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has partnered with Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR), a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, to promote research and development (R&D) in the field of on-chip Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) — sudden and momentary flow of electric current between two electrically charged objects— protection.
“The partnership seeks to build cutting-edge ESD device solutions to protect ultra-high-speed serial interfaces in advanced Integrated Circuits (ICs) and system-on-chip (SoC) products,” IISc said.
The related research will be carried out by Prof Mayank Shrivastava’s group at IISc’s department of electronic systems engineering (DESE) and solutions arising from this research will be deployed in Samsung’s advanced process nodes.
“ICs and SoCs are essential for practically any system, from small to big, that we see around us, but they are very sensitive to ESD failures, especially those developed using advanced nanoscale CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technologies. The majority of IC chip failures and field returns are attributed to ESD failures,” IISc said, explaining the context for such R&D.
Arguing that ESD related technology is a rare expertise and industries holding the art of designing ESD protection devices and interface concepts lead the market, IISc added that therefore, R&D in ESD technology for highly reliable interfaces and SoCs that operate at low power and high speed is an integral part of the semiconductor innovation effort.
IISc is one of the few institutes in the world leading ESD device research. “We are glad to partner with IISc to boost semiconductor innovation and envisage developing ESD knowledge along with expertise available in IISc. Our goal is also to increase capacity building through training programmes at the postgraduate level, opening up opportunities for students to pursue industry internships, and encourage entrepreneurial ventures by young researchers,” IISc quoted SSIR MD Balajee Sowrirajan as having said.
Prof Govindan Rangarajan, director, IISc, said the institute was excited to collaborate with SSIR in the crucial area of advanced nanoelectronics device research and that the partnership reinforces the institute’s commitment to strengthen industry-academia engagements that can make a significant impact in the coming years.
“We’ve been collaborating extensively with semiconductor industries worldwide on advanced nanoelectronics technologies, including solutions to ESD reliability threats to advanced SoCs. We have carried out both fundamental and applied research on ESD protection devices, with a strong emphasis on creating practical solutions for the semiconductor industry in a range of technology nodes,” said Prof Mayank Shrivastava, who heads the MSDLab, and will be leading this collaborative effort.

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