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Altera, RV-VLSI partner on India FPGA/SOPC Lab setup

Posted: 29 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA  SOPC  training centre  India lab 

Altera Corp. and RV-VLSI have partnered to set up an Innovation Lab to promote Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) / System-on-a-Programmable-Chip (SOPC) trainings in India involving a joint investment worth Rs.4.46 crore ($1 million).

The Innovation Lab aims to promote the use of advanced design practices among corporates, academic research institutions, and students, thereby fostering an ecosystem for product creation; enhancing job opportunities for IT professionals, and familiarizing Altera products to Indian customers.

Altera and RV-VLSI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate setting up of the Innovation Lab boasting of a state-of-the-art centre to promote research, faculty enrichment and skill upgrading of students and to recognise RV-VLSI as the preferred training partner for Altera's Indian customers on the company products.

RV-VLSI, which is managed exclusively by industry professionals, says it will greatly benefit from the partnership. "The Innovation Lab will enable the student community and teaching faculty to apply their creative minds to develop low cost India-centric products, especially with respect to healthcare, communications, defence, infrastructure and green energy," said S. Venkatesh Prasad, CEO, RV-VLSI.

Altera will provide the technology know-how, software and hardware pertaining to their key products to the Innovation Lab. Students can gain experience in using these tools, thereby enhancing their qualifications for better job prospects.

"Every year tens of thousands of engineering graduates enter the job market with little or no exposure to technology. Consequently, a significant number moves towards IT services companies. The Innovation Lab will provide such students with access to technology, and in the process promote research paper publications in international conferences as well as enhance high-end technology jobs. The Lab will complement the theoretical knowledge acquired by the students by offering practical training," pointed out Prasad.

In addition, the Innovation Lab will provide a boost to PHD programmes in VLSI and Embedded System domains. The tie-up also paves the way to work closely with engineering colleges to set up competency centres, centres of Excellence and nodal centres and help faculty gain industry experience and exposure.

"This, we believe, will improve the quality of delivery in colleges. The Lab, in association with various universities, plans to conduct special programmes for faculty of engineering colleges to familiarise them with the requirements of the various industry segments and promote problem definition, problem solving, application of concepts to create products," Prasad added.

The Lab also plans to work closely with universities in India to upgrade the skills of their faculty in the areas of VLSI design methodologies and embedded system design.

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