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Developing countries get chip design education through cloud

Posted: 23 Jul 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDA  cloud  SoC  SCI  SRC 

"A lot of IoT applications are local, specific to a particular country. For instance, China cares a lot about monitoring, managing, and controlling air pollution; Malaysia cares a lot about how to control pests in palm trees; Slovakia cares a lot about a water pipeline that goes through their country—detecting leaks and so on," says Chian. "All these countries and more want to be able to deal with these problems using electronics designed in their own country."

All these great hopes and desires depend on more and better chip designers coming out of their local university systems, a goal shared by SRC and SCI.

"We believe our partnership with SRC will enhance SCI's goals as well—our relationship is complementary in many ways," notes Chian.

SCI's cloud services are unique, in that they not only provide instructional materials, but also allow users to open up adjacent windows and perform the computer aided design (CAD) functions described in the text—run simulations, do layouts, and so on. The cloud hardware is virtualised on bare metal servers and runs all the popular EDA suites as a part of the programmes EDA vendors already have with universities worldwide. All the user needs is a thin client called Chromebox.

The pilot programme starts in August and runs through October after which SCI will be incorporating the suggestions made by the users in the three countries in which the pilot programme will be run. SCI's business model is to get government grants to offer the programme in those countries' universities. The full rollout of all SCI services is slated for July 2015.

- R. Colin Johnson
  EE Times


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