Emmert said one pressing problem is finding a way to ensure the authenticity of computer chips. The use of counterfeit circuits could lead to catastrophic failures in aviation, communications or weapons systems.
“The issue most important to industry is information technology protection. Part of our mission will be to develop techniques to avoid circuit counterfeiting,” Emmert said.
UC professor Marc Cahay, head of UC’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said the center’s research focus is likely to attract widespread interest.
“The research is very relevant now and of great interest to government and industry,” Cahay said.
So far, at least 70 companies have expressed interest in participating and 26 of them have signed agreements.