DARPA wants to upgrade the way we make chips. How exactly will that work?

Dr Dev Palmer talks us through a JUMP in materials, algorithms, tools

Interview Uncle Sam's research nerve center DARPA is known for championing all kinds of breakthrough technologies. Might semiconductors be part of that? You might be right.

Earlier this year, DARPA in conjunction with the Semiconductor Research Corporation and organizations from industry and academia launched the Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0.

JUMP 2.0 represents DARPA's effort to improve electronics through enhanced performance, efficiency and capabilities. The project seeks to advance the state of the art in various aspects of technology, including software and hardware design. That means looking at new algorithms, new materials, and new approaches for designing electronic systems.

For Government Tech Week, The Register spoke with Dr Dev Palmer, Deputy Director of the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA, who is overseeing JUMP 2.0 for the agency.

We asked him to share his thoughts on what we might expect from the initiative, and you can follow that discussion in the video above. ®

Psst: For a rough machine-generated transcript of this video interview, click here.

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