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Indian design center gets $20M in tools from Mentor

Posted: 26 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Indian design center? EDA tools? Mentor tools?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has entered a collaboration agreement with RV-VLSI Design Center in Bangalore, India, under which the EDA giant will donate a complete suite of EDA tools worth over $20 million for use in classroom instruction and academic research. The donation will enable students to gain proficiency in VLSI design and other emerging nanotechnology challenges such as design for manufacturability.

"This strategic relationship with Mentor Graphics will enable us to train a new breed of technology specialists," said M. K. Panduranga Setty, president, Rashtreeya Shikshana Samithi Trust (RSST). "Educating students and researchers on how to work most effectively with industry-leading electronic design tools will ensure industry-proficient engineers and accelerate the growth of India's already growing electronic industry."

"Access to Mentor technology will greatly benefit our students," said Venkatesh Prasad, CEO, RV-VLSI Design Center. "Working on industry standard technologies and platforms will enhance the learning experience and make them industry-ready."

"India has become a powerhouse for the world's electronics industry, fueled by its track record of producing highly skilled engineers," said Ian Burgess, development manager for Mentor's higher education program. "Schools that incorporate leading design methodologies and tools into their academic programs provide a valuable service to both their students and the industry as a whole. Students with experience in the latest technologies have a distinct advantage in the industry. And as the market in India grows, electronics companies will have access to new productive graduates who can make a key contribution from day one."




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