Texas Instruments, SMIC sprout new IC research labs in US and China

March 14, 2012 – PRNewswire — Texas Instruments opened a CA-based research lab for analog and mixed-signal circuits, tapping into local universities for a portion of the research. SMIC is teaming with Brite Semiconductor and Zhejiang University for an IC research program in China. Both aim to develop a "home-grown" and dynamic semiconductor industry workforce.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) opened TI Silicon Valley Labs, a research center for analog and mixed-signal electronics that will conduct advanced R&D into circuits and technologies. The lab plans to recruit top talent and collaborate with universities and TI customers.

Advanced research projects ranging from analog signal processing for ultra-low power pattern recognition to re-architecting power management for future cloud servers are under development in the labs.

In addition, TI will work with Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, and other area universities to strengthen key engineering undergraduate programs. Graduate-level research opportunities will exist on-site at TI’s Lab in Santa Clara, CA. The company is also doubling its internship opportunities for top engineering undergraduate students as well as training programs at TI in Silicon Valley for top new college graduates. Over the last 5 years, TI has invested $9 billion in R&D.

Texas Instruments makes semiconductors. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Photo. TI Silicon Valley Labs in California, USA.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC, NYSE:SMI, SEHK:0981.HK), an advanced semiconductor foundry in China, is working with IC design and services provider Brite Semiconductor (Shanghai) Corporation and Zhejiang University IC and Basic Software Research Institute on a new IC research program. The prograim aims to strengthen technology development and academic exchange combining theory and practice, developing a highly qualified, dynamic semiconductor industry workforce.

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.

"The program will further facilitate the joint development of advanced technologies by Brite, SMIC and Zhejiang University," said Charlie Zhi, the president and CEO of Brite Semiconductor, and generate a strong graduate pool while improving Brite’s engineering talent.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC, NYSE:SMI, SEHK:0981.HK) is a leading global semiconductor foundry in Mainland China. For more information, please visit http://www.smics.com.

Brite Semiconductor is a fabless ASIC turnkey service company. For more information, please visit www.britesemi.com.

Also read: Engineering Education is Tough And Needs to Stay That Way by blogger Linda Rae

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