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ST, Indian tech institutes set up research labs

Posted: 20 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? VLSI? research lab? BITS Pilani? IIT Delhi?

STMicroelectronics (ST) is setting up joint state-of-the-art research and innovation labs at two premier Indian technology institutes, BITS Pilani and IIT Delhi. The partnership agreements aim to combine the best of ST's leading-edge electronic skills and capabilities with the educational and research talents of the two institutes. Both labs are expected to be operational by Q2 2007.

The main objective of the partnership is to facilitate proliferation of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design and embedded systems knowledge among students by undertaking research projects with the involvement of faculty, students and ST representatives. The areas of initial research focus includebut are not limited toanalog and mixed-signal design in the area of VLSI, image and speech pattern recognition, sensory organ modeling and digital data protection in algorithm research, along with generic IP blocks for embedded solutions.

ST will equip the newly set-up labs with the necessary hardware, software tools, reference boards and technology parameters needed for successful execution of projects in the identified areas. The institutes will provide the necessary space on the campus and assign a faculty member to participate in the partnership activities. Students and researchers will work on research projects jointly defined by ST and the institutes.

ST has a long history in working closely with leading educational and research establishments around the world, partnering with top universities on long-term programs to nurture young engineering talent.

L.K.Maheshwari, vice-chancellor and director, BITS, Pilani, added, "BITS and ST have been collaborating for almost a decade whereby students of BITS carry out their Internship (Practice School) projects of six months duration at ST labs in Noida and Bangalore. The present initiative will further prepare the students to take up research projects during their stay at BITS itself. We are excited by this unique opportunity to work with ST. I believe that with the guidance from ST and BITS' faculty, the participating students will be able to broaden their horizons, as well as generate innovative solutions that can benefit the industry at large."

The Memoranda of Understanding between ST and the two universities were signed in Mumbai last week (Feb. 14, 2007) in the presence of Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath.

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