Semiconductor Research Corporation is working on a $9 million joint effort over the next three years on Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems, or T3S.

The Semiconductor Research Corporation, or SRC, is a university-research consortium for semiconductor technologies. SRC will partner with the National Science Foundation on the first phase of the the T3S research, whose goal is to develop strategies and tools for the design and manufacture of chips and systems that are reliable, trustworthy and secure. The effort includes increasing resistance and resilience to attack or tampering and improving the ability to provide authentication throughout the supply chain or in the field.

T3S participants from industry include Advanced Micro Devices, Freescale, Intel Corporation and Mentor Graphics. The initiative is also open to companies that are not already members of SRC. The NSF is the first federal partner.

NSF’s involvement in T3S is part of its Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. The program aims to improve the resilience of software, hardware and critical infrastructure while preserving privacy, promoting usability and ensuring trustworthiness through foundational research and prototype deployments.

“Semiconductor-based hardware is at the heart of today’s interconnected and intelligent systems — from the GPS in your car and your phone to transportation, financial, energy and other critical infrastructure systems,” SRC President Larry Sumney said in a statement. “As we increasingly depend upon these systems, their trustworthiness, security and reliability are more important than ever.”

The SRC is based in RTP.