Catch-Up Action for the Development of VLSI Design Training Capabilities in Portugal, Spain, Southern Italy and Greece

MEDCHIP - 7307

Work Area: VLSI Design Training

Keywords VLSI design training, IC design

Start Date: 1 October 92 / Duration: 12 months / Status: running

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Abstract MEDCHIP is a catch-up training action aiming at enhancing the VLSI design capabilities of the southern regions of the Community. Academic Institutions of the Southern European countries (Portugal, Spain, Southern Italy and Greece) will form a training group, together with training networks across the regions, which will undertake a series of high-level training activities.


MEDCHIP aims to develop the microelectronics training capabilities in the southern EU regions and bring them to the level of the more advanced central and northern member states in order to globally enhance the social and economical cohesion and harmonisation of Europe and also sustain the development of microelectronics engineering activities in the SME's established in such regions. The following broad sub-objectives are identified:


During the first year of activities, the MEDCHIP Working Group concentrated on the following main activities:

Progress and Results

A brochure was produced describing the motivation, strategies and programme overview of the action

Organisation of the first transnational MEDCHIP Workshop on "Microelectronics Training Enhancement for Industry Competitiveness, Innovation and Modernisation in the Southern European Community Regions"

Completion of the transnational survey study on the current microelectronics training capabilities and future needs of the technology Universities (and Polytechnics) established in the Southern EU regions

Design of the MEDCHIP Newsletter and its dissemination through universities and polytechnics.


The potential of MEDCHIP will be to increase the level of human resources with high qualifications in the area of microelectronics engineering in the southern member states of the European Community, thereby ensuring the sustained involvement of SMEs. This will be achieved by providing trainees with:


Instituto Superior Técnico - P
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1


CNM - Sevilla - E
University of Patras - GR
Università di Pavia - I


Prof. J. E. Franca
tel +351/1-841 76 75
fax +351/1-841 76 75

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MEDCHIP - 7307, August 1994

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