THE CALIFORNIA DEFENSE READY ELECTRONICS AND MICRODEVICES SUPERHUB

About Dreams

Led by the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI), the Defense Ready Electronics and Microsystems Superhub (DREAMS) is one of eight regional innovation hubs established under the Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons Program. This strategic initiative is funded by the CHIPS and Sciences Act of 2022 to develop onshore microelectronics hardware prototyping.

DREAMS unites academic and commercial organizations across Southern California and our partners across the United States with three goals: maturation of advanced RF technologies for rapid prototyping, lab-to-fab transition of semiconductor technologies and training the next-generation of engineers in advanced RF and microelectronics technologies.

The pioneering USC/ISI MOSIS Multi Project Wafer (MPW) fabrication services is at the core of DREAMS. MOSIS is a transformative service that has streamlined the end-to-end prototyping of microchips for educational, commercial and national security applications for over 40 years. MOSIS 2.0 connects customers to an extensive network of state-of-the-art nanofab and foundry services, accelerating the use of advanced process and prototyping technologies within the DREAMS hub, and reducing barriers to innovation.

Unique Capabilities

  • MOSIS 2.0, the next chapter of a groundbreaking semiconductor fabrication service established at USC’s Information Sciences Institute in 1981, is the sole customer-focused prototyping platform within the Microelectronics Commons.
  • DREAMS wields unprecedented RF prototyping capabilities with over 200 of the nation’s top RF researchers and innovators to address the full scope of advanced RF prototyping for commercial and national security applications. These Industry pioneers, who launched the compound semiconductor revolution in gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), indium phosphide (InP) and beyond, are at the core of the DREAMS team.
  • The DREAMS workflow has been uniquely designed to enable accelerated prototyping with prototype process modules in two weeks; full-flow wafers in eight weeks; and RF system brassboards in 12 months.
$27
million first year funding
16+
partners
50+
affiliates
7
University Nanofab Laboratories
3
DOD-volume fab facilities

LATEST NEWS

Two hands holding a semiconductor wafer.

The vision of MOSIS 2.0

Established at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in 1981, MOSIS revolutionized the world of silicon-based semiconductor manufacturing. Now, as the industry faces new challenges and opportunities, MOSIS is embarking on its next phase: MOSIS 2.0, a pioneering initiative at the heart of California DREAMS, the Defense Ready Electronics and Microdevices SuperHub.

California DREAMS Hub Operations in-person meeting

The next steps for California DREAMS

On May 15th and 16th, 2024, the California DREAMS hub held a two-day strategy meeting at USC’s Information Sciences Institute in Marina Del Rey, bringing together over 100 hub members from across Southern California to collaborate in-person for the first time.

California DREAMS Director Steve Crago speaks during the initiative's Inaugural Site Visit

California has microelectronics DREAMS

“The idea of this hub is to put funding in place so that the university people working in the lab and the industry people that have the fabrication facility for production are working closely together, right at the beginning. So, when the technology breakthrough makes it past the lab, it’s already been experimented with in a way that was rigorous and harmonious with the fabrication facility, which can then pick that up and run with it."

TECHNOLOGY AREAS

  • DREAMS provides advanced RF prototyping across the full electromagnetic spectrum using state-of-the-art compound semiconductor materials, augmented with photonics and advanced CMOS technology.
  • DREAMS hosts a range of technologies to improve RF system linearity and dynamic range through the integration of state-of-the-art circuit and mixed signal architectures, including heterogeneously integrated low phase noise oscillators, amplifiers with supporting precision metrology, ultra-low phase noise electronic and laser clocks that operate well over 100 GHz, and digitization (sampling and conversion) at the fundamental thermodynamic limits.
  • DREAMS provides a range of technologies to support multi-sensor and integrated multifunction prototypes, including the integration of GaN for the RF front end, Si CMOS for direct RF sampling ADCs/DACs, and Si-photonics for power-efficient high-rate data communications.

Work with us

Interested in working with us on the future of advanced RF microelectronics? DREAMS is seeking partners, suppliers, and project participants with expertise in advanced RF technology. We are also seeking external clients looking for access to the most advanced RF capabilities for their applications. Please contact us.