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Mentor design centre to rise in Saudi Arabia

Posted: 18 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design centre  Mentor Saudi Arabia  microelectronics  EDA 

Mentor Graphics and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia will jointly promote and develop electronics design technology in the country.

This cooperation is based on an agreement signed by both parties to establish the Advanced Microelectronics Technology Centre (AMTC) at KACST. The centre will have three programmes that will contribute to the Saudi National Strategic Plan: Advanced Technology Program (ATP); Professional Training Program (PTP); and the Incubation Support Program (ISP). These programmes are the first steps of cooperation between KACST and Mentor, with more programmes running under KACST's AMTC to be initiated later. Under the initial agreement, Mentor will provide comprehensive design automation software as well as consulting and training services. As part of the agreement, the company will cooperate with government bodies and extend its university outreach programmes in the country.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed a strategic national science and technology plan to be carried out over the next 20 years. KACST was assigned the responsibility of planning and managing the execution of the Science and Technology plan. This plan promotes and encourages research in many areas, a very important one being advanced technology in microelectronics," explained Turki Saud Mohamed Al-Saud, VP for research at KACST.

"This cooperation framework will promote and encourage electronics design in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said Gregory Hinckley, president of Mentor.

Sami Alhamidi, the electronics, communications and photonics programme director at KACST emphasises, "In order to initiate and establish an innovation cycle in the field of electronics design, the electronics community in the kingdom must become proficient with state-of-the-art electronic technologies. Therefore, one of the principal drivers for the successful implementation of the microelectronics R&D plan is the cooperation with world-class global companies specialised in EDA technologies such as Mentor Graphics."

"To support KACST in building their expertise in electronic design methodologies, Mentor Graphics will provide access to certain expertise that already exists in its branch in Egypt. Our consulting division will also provide its knowledge and experience to selected teams at KACST and will cooperate on research in advanced technology areas with KACST and local universities," explained Hazem Eltahawy, managing director of the Egypt operation.

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