What’s Better than the Internet of Things?

How about the Innovative and Intelligent Internet of Things?


We all like the Internet of Things, whatever that is. Would you be interested in the Innovative and Intelligent Internet of Things? The Semiconductor Research Corporation can get you involved in that project, also known as I3T.

“This research enables breakthrough technologies for the next generation of intelligent, connected, and autonomous devices,” the I3T website reads. The program is led by David Yeh. Dr. Yeh is a Texas Instruments assignee to the SRC, and has his degrees (BS, MS, Ph.D) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I3T currently has 17 “research tasks,” involving 11 universities, 43 students, 23 faculty researchers, and 35 liaison personnel. The program has generated three patent applications this year and seven patent applications in 2015.

On its website, I3T lists four strategic areas of research: Energy-constrained computation and connectivity; sensing and actuation; autonomous energy sources and management; integration and packaging.

The SRC put out a call for I3T white papers earlier this summer, with an August 15 deadline.

It will be interesting to see what the SRC can do in the IoT field, working away from the overheated hype and rhetoric surrounding the topic in the commercial market. The SRC has been around since 1982 and it has provided a string of research breakthroughs for the semiconductor industry, such as the early development of FinFET technology and high-K dielectric materials. The organization received the 2005 National Medal of Technology.

I3T is one of several targeted research programs at SRC, the others being Efficiency and Performance for Connectivity Constrained Computing, Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes, Semiconductor Synthetic Biology, and Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems. It also hosts the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative, STARnet Research, and Global Research Collaboration.

Want to go beyond IoT to I3T? Contact the SRC.