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NTU and EDB launch S$50 million ($36 million) integrated circuit design research center
Date:12/15/2009

In the near future, consumers can look forward to ultra-low powered or self powered electronic devices such as laptops, PDAs and mobile phones. This is made possible with power management and cutting-edge energy harvesting technologies which are critical elements for power optimisation and higher energy efficiency in electronic devices and systems.

Analog IC design is the key enabling capability for power management and energy harvesting. To pre-position the nation in advanced analog and mixed signal design capabilities, Singapore's new Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Centre of Excellence was launched today at the International Symposium on Integrated Circuits 2009 (ISIC 2009), Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, by Mr Damian Chan, Director (Electronics), Economic Development Board (EDB).

The S$50 million jointly funded centre by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and EDB named VIRTUS (Latin for 'excellence'), aims to be a world-class IC design house, developing key technologies required to design integrated circuits and systems for applications in medical technology, clean technology and consumer electronics.

"Electronics is a key enabling technology for today's high-tech world. The EDB has identified four new growth areas - green electronics, bioelectronics, plastic electronics and security and VIRTUS' research areas are well aligned with the new growth areas of green electronics and bioelectronics," said Mr Chan.

R&D is an integral part of the electronics industry, with Singapore having the full value chain of R&D activities from component-level IC design and semiconductor process R&D; to system-level product design, firmware development and industrial design. Specifically for IC design, there are some 1,100 design engineers in Singapore, with which 44 per cent specialise in analog, mixed signal and RF IC design. With the global shortage of IC design engineers, especially in the area of anal
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Contact: Hisham Hambari
mhisham@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6447
Nanyang Technological University
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