LONDON – The European division of foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is launching an annual award to encourage
European students to demonstrate their skills in mixed-signal of RF
The TSMC Europractice Innovation Award will provide the
winning student with six-month's employment in one of TSMC's fabs in
Taiwan and the opportunity to see his or her design run through the fab
"Finding and encouraging talent is starting to be
an issue. This will be a tremendous boost to a student's CV," said
Maria Marced, president of TSMC Europe BV. She added that TSMC, IMEC and
the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) are coming together to support
the award and hope it will highlight to young people how engineering is
an exciting and rewarding high-status profession.
will effectively be those students preparing designs for multi-project
wafer runs with the academic branch of the Europractice service in
Europe, said Marced.
The winner will be announced at the meeting
due to be held in Munich in May 2011. "The judging will be based on
multiple criteria including innovation, manufacturability, power
efficiency and economic viability," said Marced.