Reliable Microsystems’ Founding Partnership in CREATE Initiative to Advance Microelectronics and National Defense
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Franklin, TN – January 17, 2024
Reliable Microsystems (Rel-Micro) proudly announces its role as a founding partner in the CREATE (Collaborative Research and Education in Advanced Technologies and Engineering) Initiative, a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at advancing microelectronics and contributing to national defense efforts. This initiative is a result of a strategic partnership with Indiana University (IU) and aligns with the broader mission to strengthen the microelectronics sector in Indiana and across the United States.
As part of the CREATE Initiative, IU has secured a commitment of at least $111 million over the next several years to bolster its national leadership in microelectronics and nanotechnology. This substantial investment will drive advancements in emerging semiconductor technologies, talent development, and responses to critical defense needs. The partnership also involves enhanced collaboration with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), a key player in supporting the electronics and engineering needs of the U.S. Navy and other military entities.
Rel-Micro is enthusiastic about contributing to this transformative initiative, which aligns with its commitment to innovation, reliability, and national security. The company, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, with a second location in Crane, Indiana, specializes in the design and creation of high-reliability electronics for mission-critical applications.
IU’s investments in microelectronics and the partnership with NSWC Crane include several key components:
- Faculty Recruitment and Talent Development: IU will invest $23.5 million over the next five years to recruit 25 new faculty members in microelectronics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity. The focus will be on hiring faculty with Department of Defense experience, fostering creativity, and developing dual-purpose technologies.
- Facilities and Research Support: A $53.5 million investment will be made in laboratories, facilities, equipment, and faculty start-up costs. This aims to support key research areas with defense applications, foster research partnerships, expand federal grants and contracts, and promote collaboration between IU and Crane personnel.
- Center for Reliable and Trusted Electronics (IU CREATE): A $10 million investment to launch IU CREATE, a new Center for Reliable and Trusted Electronics. This center will focus on researching the modeling and simulation of radiation effects and the design of radiation-hardened technologies.
- Degree Programs and Workforce Development: IU will implement new degree programs to train students in microelectronics and nanofabrication, with a commitment of $13.5 million for developmental, renovation, equipment, and operational costs.
- Innovative Faculty Research: A commitment of $1 million annually for the next five years will support innovative faculty research in key technology areas such as biotechnology and synthetic biology.
Reliable Microsystems emphasizes its dedication to the growth and success of the CREATE Initiative. The company’s involvement reflects its commitment to supporting groundbreaking research, fostering talent, and contributing to the advancement of microelectronics and national defense.
For more information about Reliable Microsystems and its involvement in the CREATE Initiative, please visit https://reliablemicrosystems.com/.
About Reliable Microsystems:
Reliable Microsystems, LLC (Rel-Micro) is a world-class design organization specializing in the concept-to-foundry creation and maturation of high-reliability electronics for mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, with a second location in Crane, Indiana, Rel-Micro is at the forefront of innovation in the microelectronics industry.