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TI grooms future DSP engineers in China universities

Posted: 28 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DSP? TI engineers? China University Program? education?

Recognizing that the quality of engineering education is critical for the industry to remain relevant and competitive, not a few top-tier semiconductor companies have forged strategic partnerships with the academe.

Analog giant Texas Instruments Inc., for one, has been running its China University Program for the last 12 years. Dedicated to DSP technology, the commitment has resulted in 160 DSP labs and three technology centers distributed over 141 universities in China, benefiting 25,000 students every year and producing some 7,500 industrial engineers.

Life-changing technologies
Through the program, China universities were able to contribute to the development of TI's DSP technologies, Shen Jie, Asia University Program manager, told EE Times-Asia. "Their creative applications have greatly changed life," she said. "This is the most exciting accomplishment of the program."

TI's China University Program was launched in 1996 with the purpose of cultivating DSP talents, exploring novel DSP applications and accelerating the development of the electronics industry in China.

The program aids universities in building DSP experiment labs through hardware and software donations, Shen noted. It also provides technical seminars and training for teachers, supports textbook development and course design, and acts as a bridge between the academe and the industry.

Over the years, the program has yielded DSP engineers, who in turn pushed DSP-related research and applications to equal, if not surpass, the world's cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the areas of surveillance and industrial control, Shen said. They are now targeting emerging applications areas like biomedical and green energy.

Innovation, education
TI annually holds an education conference that provides an avenue for experience-sharing and communication among DSP educators. There is also the DSP Design Contest held every two years that encourages university students to actualize their design ideas and showcase their skills.

Starting this year, the program will include the Innovation Funds and Outstanding Educator Awards to inspire China universities to continue innovating new technologies and educating future engineers.

The company believes the program, coupled with the continued commitment of the China government to science and technology education, will spur the growing influence of China universities in the world semiconductor arena.

- EE Times-Asia




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