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IEEE confab sees Istanbul as 'Prime' location

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IEEE? MEMS? DSP? power IC? ASIC?

The city of mosques and palaces on the shores of the Bosphorus, Istanbul at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international congresses and exhibitions. The IEEE furthered that trend when it selected Istanbul as the site for Prime '08, its fourth conference on Ph.D. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics, which was recently held at the Beta Lab of Bogazi�i University.

The first Prime conference, in 2005, was held in Lausanne, Switzerland; the second in Otranto, Italy; and the third, in Bordeaux, France. The conference aims to help Ph.D. students gain exposure at an early stage in their careers. Prime's organizers noted that student participants are given the opportunity to benchmark their Ph.D. researches in a friendly and cooperative environment.

The conference also lets Ph.D. candidates and supervisors share experiences in their chosen areas of scientific research. At the company fair, Prime '08 corporate participants were Broadcom Corp., NXP Semiconductors, National Semiconductor and Intersil Corp., as well as the Turkish Mikroelektronik R&D Design Center (MKR-IC), can connect with Ph.D. students and vice versa.

Engineering topics covered at the conference were design and use of MEMS devices in ICs, DSP design, computer-aided design, power ICs and sensor systems.

Turkey's MKR-IC design center was established in 1992 in Istanbul to provide ASIC solutions. In 2004, the design center was acquired by Mikroelektronik Arastirma Gelistirme Tasarim ve Ticaret Ltd. Its design expertise covers both digital and analog realms, but mainly focuses on high-speed IC design.

Like Istanbul itself, Bogazi�i University is a juxtaposition of old and new. It was established in 1971 at the site where Robert College, once the oldest American college outside the United States, had stood for more than 100 years.

Robert College was founded by New Englander Cyrus Hamlin, an educator, inventor, technician, architect and builder, and fellow Huguenot Christopher Rheinlander Robert, a well-known philanthropist and a wealthy merchant from New York. Hamlin came to Turkey in 1839 to start a seminary for boys. He met Robert in 1856 during the Crimean War.

The college they co-founded adopted English as its official language of instruction, but opened its doors to students of all races, nationalities and religions.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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