Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

Raytheon Joins DARPA's Focus Center Research Program

As discussed in several of the articles in this issue, Raytheon is a leader in advanced photonic and electronic component technologies that enable new system capabilities. To ensure we continue to maintain this technological edge, Raytheon Gigascale Systems Research Centerrecently joined the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), a major pre-competitive research consortium jointly sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

As depicted in the figure below, the FCRP consists of six university research centers that address all aspects of modern semiconductor materials, devices, circuits, systems and applications. The six centers encompass 43 universities and more than 230 faculty members. Raytheon joined the FCRP in 2009 as the first representative from the aerospace and defense industry. As a member of the FCRP, Raytheon receives royalty-free rights to intellectual property generated under the program, gets access to top engineering students, and gains early insights into emerging research areas that impact Raytheon systems. Raytheon expects to leverage this program to maintain its technology and innovation leadership in the aerospace and defense industry.