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Ntu and Edb Launch S$50 Million Ic Design Research Centre

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NTU Professor Kam Chan Hin and EDB Director Damian Chan

Professor Kam Chan Hin (right), chair of Nanyang Technological University's School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, with Damian Chan, Director (Electronics), for the Economic Development Board, after the launch of VIRTUS.

Credit: Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University and Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) have launched the Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Center of Excellence. The center, named VIRTUS, aims to further the development of ultra-low-power integrated circuits for use in consumer, medical, and clean technology.

The center also was established to address the global shortage of IC design engineers, especially in the area of analog and mixed signal IC design. VIRTUS will collaborate with universities, top research institutions, and industrial partners to pursue research and development in IC design and technology.

"Electronics is a key enabling technology for today's high-tech world," says EDB's Damian Chan. "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."

In addition to its primary focus of design, innovation, and enterprise, VIRTUS is also committed to training more than 100 postgraduate students and researchers in the next five years.

From Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
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