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China firms launch IC research program

Posted: 20 Mar 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC research? semiconductor industry? engineering talent?

China's most advanced semiconductor foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., together with IC design and turnkey service provider Brite Semiconductor (Shanghai) Corp. and Zhejiang University IC and Basic Software Research Institute are launching a joint IC research program.

The IC research program aims to provide a world-class environment for research projects between the three parties. It will serve as a platform for cooperation, strengthening technology development and academic exchange while aligning with the university's educational tradition of "combining theory and practice," the companies said.

As part of the agreement, SMIC and Brite Semiconductor will provide Zhejiang University graduate students with hands-on training and internship opportunities, while Zhejiang University will provide a continuing education program for SMIC and Brite Semiconductor employees. Overall, the program will develop a more qualified and dynamic semiconductor industry workforce.

"We are pleased that the joint research program can be established in such a short time frame. The program will further facilitate the joint development of advanced technologies by Brite, SMIC and Zhejiang University. In addition, it will generate a pool of outstanding graduates and help Brite further develop its engineering talent," said Charlie Zhi, the president and CEO of Brite Semiconductor.

"The establishment of this joint research program is one part of our school-enterprise cooperation strategy. We hope to take this opportunity to create a new model of comprehensive school-enterprise collaboration," added Chris Chi, chief business officer of SMIC.

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