Gigascale Silicon Research Center: The First Year

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Richard Newton
Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, U.C. Berkeley

Wednesday, February 2, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


The Gigascale Silicon Research Center for Design and Test (GSRC,, is an experiment in the development of a collaborative research community for long-range research related to the design and test of complex VLSI-based systems. It involves over twenty faculty from ten universities, more than a dozen post-doctoral researchers and almost sixty doctoral students.

In this presentation, I will summarize the major research themes of the center, present a number of results we have achieved in the first year of operation, and describe a number of new directions in research that we plan to pursue in the coming years. In particular, I will describe our activities and plans in the area of component-based design, platform-based design, fully programmable systems, and new approaches to efficient implementation of complex digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits from a microarchitecture.

Next year, we expect a major increase in our funding and are planning to extend our research in the direction of embedded systems and software. We are looking for new GSRC collaborators interested in working with us on these important topics to the future of the semiconductor industry.