Applications and Systems-Driven Center for Energy-Efficient Integrated NanoTechnologies

ASCENT is a microelectronics research center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The center's mission is to provide breakthrough advances in integrated nanoelectronics to sustain the promise of Moore’s Law. ASCENT is led by the University of Notre Dame along with 13 partner universities and 31 Principal Investigators.

Nanoelectronics Research is Driving Advancements In

  • Machine learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Heterogeneous Integration
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Spintronics


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The ASCENT Research Center is powered by JUMP, a collaborative network of research centers sponsored by semiconductor industry participants across the globe and DARPA. Its mission is to enable the continued pace of growth of the microelectronics industry with discoveries that release the evolutionary constraints of traditional semiconductor technology development.

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    ARM Limited
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    Lockheed Martin Corp
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    Northrop Grumman Corp
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    Raytheon Company
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    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. LTD. (TSMC)
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