LEUVEN, Belgium – European research institute IMEC has announced it has established an R&D facility in Bangalore, India, with the help of Wipro Technologies, the consulting and outsourcing business of Wipro Ltd.
IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and Wipro (Bangalore, India) have signed an R&D partnership agreement as the first step in the creation of IMEC India. IMEC India follows on from the creation of IMEC Taiwan Co. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) in 2008 and IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. in 2010.
IMEC and Wipro have formed a joint initiative called ARISE for Applied Research in Intelligent Systems Engineering (ARISE). This is expected to bring together systems designers, architects and software engineers to develop nanoelectronics and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) useful for emerging markets such as India.
The initial focus is on systems comprising wireless, sensors and energy harvesting technologies for several vertical industrial markets.
The core team at IMEC India will draw on specialist teams from Wipro and IMEC and recruit globally. IMEC did not say how many staff it expects IMEC India to employ. The R&D alliance is open to other players to participate and build system prototypes based on concurrent innovations in nanotechnology and system engineering, enabling novel applications for emerging markets. Rajesh Ram Mishra, vice president at Wipro Technologies will head this joint initiative.
"We can further engineer some of the prototypes we make, working with Wipro in India and targeting them at emerging countries," said Luc Van den hove, President and CEO of IMEC, in a statement.
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