2024-04 Enabling Access to the Semiconductor Chip Ecosystem for Design, Fabrication, and Training

Due: April 4, 2024

The aim of this solicitation is (i) to dramatically lower the barriers to accessing state-of-the-art electronic design automation (EDA) tools,process design kits (PDKs), and design intellectual property (IP) cores for students and academic researchers, and (ii) to enable students at various levels to design IC chips. A key goal is to broaden participation in IC chip design beyond the small number of institutions currently engaged in these activities. This solicitation seeks proposals to establish and manage a community infrastructure that supports the entire IC chip design process beginning from behavior/structural description at the Register Transfer Level (RTL) or above to GDSII fabrication mask file generation.