High performance mixed-signal electronics are essential to relaying analog wireless signals in the physical world with digital information for many Department of Defense (DoD) systems. The performance of these electronics directly affects overall system capabilities for defense systems that range from communications to electronic warfare (EW) and radio frequency (RF) sensors, as well as national telecommunications infrastructure applications. Increasingly, system performance is limited by the mixed-mode interface. Implemented on digital CMOS technologies, these interfaces are constricted by the limits of traditional transistor scaling.
The Technologies for Mixed-mode Ultra Scaled Integrated Circuits (T-MUSIC) program aims to develop advanced materials, device processing, and innovative mixed-mode circuit designs based on an advanced CMOS fabrication platform to vastly improve the speed and accuracy of integrated mixed-mode electronics. Specifically, T-MUSIC aims to develop advanced onshore mixed-mode foundry technologies with transistors exceeding 600 GHz, next-generation transistors exceeding 1THz, and innovative broadband precision mixed-mode integrated circuits.
As T-MUSIC technologies mature, DARPA expects broad access to the developed mixed-mode foundry technology to support the U.S.’ commercial technology leadership for dual-use applications, such as telecommunications, automotive radars, edge artificial intelligence sensors, etc., while providing the DoD with the most advanced mixed-mode electronics technology in on-shore foundries.
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