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India creates semi, EDA research consortium

Posted: 11 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronic design automation? eda? semiconductor?

Expanding its efforts in electronics, the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) on Wednesday (Aug. 10) announced plans to create a new semiconductor and electronic design automation (EDA) research consortium.

The ISA will create the so-called Semiconductor Research Consortium for India in an effort to increase industry-oriented research and facilitate EDA software acquisition in some of the nation's institutes. It will also create and support industry-oriented student projects and increase student placement into semiconductor firms.

The ISA also continued its push to expand engineering education. The organization unveiled its University Gateway Initiative in partnership with the VLSI Society of India (VSI).

The ISA also signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with the regional body for engineering education, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU).

The VTU oversees Karnataka state's engineering education, including Bangalore, the state capital, and with 120 institutes. This deal is expected to propel recruitment for the growing design services industry in the country.

"Talent generation is central to the Indian semiconductor industry's effort to move up the value chain and gain global eminence. In our industry, a clear way for achieving this is through a ground initiative that encompasses every facet and fosters the creation of a supportive ecosystem. With this initiative, ISA has taken the lead in making it happen," said Rajendra Kumar Khare, chairman of the ISA.

"The initiative encompasses every possible area from research, curriculum, faculty development, and EDA tool support to ecosystem creation. It covers all parties involved right from the industry bodies, companies, and academic institutions," said Poornima Shenoy, president of the ISA.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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