Chip maker STMicroelectronics Inc. announced it will set up research and development centers at two of India's top technology institutes.
The laboratories will be jointly operated with BITS Pilani and IIT Delhi, combining ST's leading-edge electronics capabilities with the educational and research talents of the two schools. ST (Geneva) will equip the labs with hardware, software tools, reference boards and technology parameters for the given areas of research, while the institutes will provide space on campus and dedicated faculty to lead research projects.
Areas of focus will include analog and mixed-signal VLSI chip design, image and speech pattern recognition, sensory organ modeling, and digital watermarking, along with generic intellectual property blocks for embedded solutions.
ST anticipates both labs will be operational by the second quarter.
The R&D partnerships are not the first time ST has invested in India's developing technology infrastructure. ST India was established in Mumbai some 20 years ago, and today as much as 15 percent of ST's VLSI and software R&D is carried out in India, the company said.