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Chinese scientist fakes DSP development

Posted: 17 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spencer Chin? Xinhua? DSPs?

A university in Shanghai has fired the dean of its microelectronics school for faking the development of a series of DSPs, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency last week.

Chen Jin has been removed from his post at Shainhai Jiatong University and is no longer a professor there. In addition, China's Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission have pulled their funding for the Hanxin project.

"The Hanxin computer chip series are fake and the state-funded chip research is fraudulent," the Xinhua report said. The Ministry of Education has also retracted an honorary title and "remunerations" paid to Chen.

In March, the Chinese press reportedly published allegations that Chen fabricated the development of the Hanxin chip series, passing off re-marked chips from Freescale Semiconductor as products of his own work. The Xinhua report did not detail how Chen's fraud was carried out.

The Hanxin 1 chip was announced in 2003 and followed by several subsequent versions. At the time of their introduction, the Hanxin chips were hailed as a milestone in China's efforts to develop its own intellectual property. They were also cited as evidence that Shanghai was on its way to becoming a global centre of chip design and production.

Officials at the Shanghai Jiaotong University were not immediately available to comment.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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