During the first phase EUROCHIP aimed to increase the VLSI design training capacity of the Community's academic institutions from 1500 to 4500 engineers per year. The results have been far beyond since 7,000 students have been trained during the first year and 10,000 the second year. Through the provision of a comprehensive infrastructure to Universities and SMIs, the Action promotes VLSI design training which results in an increase in the use of advanced microelectronics, particularly in key sectors of European industry.
A distributed infrastructure for the support of very large scale integration (VLSI) design training is being developed. By enhancing the training capacity of universities and polytechnics and providing well defined routes to fabrication facilities, the quality of engineers trained in VLSI design will be increased to meet the future needs of European industry. Recently, the infrastructure has been extended to the support of SMI.
The project aimed to increase the VLSI design training capacity of the academic institutions from 1500 to 4500 engineers per year. The results have gone far beyond this as 7000 students have been trained during the first year and 10000 the second year. Through the provision of a comprehensive infrastructure to universities and SMIs, the Action promotes VLSI design training which results in an increase in the use of advanced microelectronics, particularly in key sectors of European industry.
APPROACH AND METHODS
The service organisation, EUROCHIP, consists of a consortium of 5 experienced technology organisations from different Community member states that handles all aspects of the Europe-wide action. Advice and guidance of a strategic nature is provided by a steering board drawn from European industry and academic. At its beginning 118 selected European academic institutions received support which included the provision of selected hardware, software and access to foundry services as well as support for dedicated lectureship posts. To date, more than 300 Academic Institutions participate, and the infrastructure has been recently opened to cooperation with SMIs in order to facilitate technology transfer. In this phase of the project, the commercial CAD software has been extended to include logic synthesis and FPGAs. Also a scheme has been provided for the exchange of university CAD software, 6 advanced training courses have been set up. The Action is already well established. For the results of the first phase, refer to Action 3700.
The VLSI Design Training Action, EUROCHIP, has a high potential for providing a coordinated training effort for a specific need within the Community. It offers the opportunity to address the wider training needs of academic and training institutions. Through the cooperation with SMIs, the needs of practising engineers for VLSI design will be met and, by the provision of advanced technologies, a valuable technological resource will be made available to academic researchers and industrial designers.
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