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TI honors Jack Kilby with IC research center

Posted: 16 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Kilby Labs? Jack Kilby? advanced semiconductor research?

Texas Instruments Inc. is to establish Kilby Labs, a center for advanced semiconductor research. The announcement comes on the 50th anniversary of Jack Kilby's invention of the IC.

To be located on TI's North Dallas campus, the company says the facility "is inspired by the original TI lab, where Kilby first designed the chip that opened the door to 3G cellphones, portable ultrasound machines and automotive antilock braking systems."

When Kilby Labs opens by year-end, it will house just 100 researchers. Of those, about 70 will come from TI's global staff of 30,000. The rest will come from academic institutions that do research in related fields.

Potential staffers must apply for spots by presenting ideas for solving important problems. TI will review those ideas for technical feasibility and potential profit before awarding spots.

Ajith Amerasekera, a TI Fellow who joined the company in 1991 will head the center. He previously served as CTO for TI's ASIC division.

"Our vision for Kilby Labs," said Gregg Lowe, TI senior VP and the project's executive sponsor, "is that it will combine TI's experience in developing new chip technologies and our understanding of customer needs with the dreams of a new generation of innovators."

- John Walko
EE Times-Europe

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