MANHASSET, N.Y. Cadence Design Systems' European unit is forming an academic network to promote the proliferation of advanced design technologies at European engineering universities.
The initiative will establish a network among selected European universities, research institutes and industry advisors to share expertise in verification, design and implementation of microelectronic circuits, Cadence said.
Universities were selected with expertise in areas like analog mixed-signal, RF and low-power design. All have been identified as key future challenges for the electronics industry.
Under the initiative, Cadence will provide software, training and design methodology instruction. Participants will then share results with other academic and research institutions. Students will graduate with expertise in how to tackle pressing design issues, Cadence said.
Three universities have so far joined the network: University of Heidelberg will lead a high-level verification methodology effort; the Technical University of Ilmenau will concentrate on RF design methodology; and the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany, will oversee analog mixed-signal methodology development.
Planning to join the initiative shortly are the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, the University of Bristol, U.K., and the University of Pavia in Italy.
"Increasing demand for highly skilled graduates in microelectronic design requires a solid and broad theoretical knowledge combined with a practical skill set in state-of-the-art techniques," said Yiannos Manoli, head of the Microelectronics Group at IMTEK, University of Freiburg and Director of HSG-IMIT.
"This network provides an exchange platform for the industry, academia and Cadence to stimulate the use of leading-edge technology at these universities," added Sean Redmond, vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Cadence.