Cooperation in VLSI Circuit Design Training


Keywords: microelectronics, VLSI design, training, ASICs, CMOS

Start Date: 1 January 1993 / Status: finished / Duration: 42 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The aim of this project is to integrate academic institutions from Mediterranean non-member states in the European Unions activities to train engineering and computer science students in VLSI design. A first phase of the project focused on a feasibility study to identify appropriate academic institutions in a number of countries of the region. The partners from Turkey and Malta were then selected to participate in European design training according to the rules and provisions of the EUROCHIP project. In both Turkey and Malta a few subsidiaries of Western electronic companies are established to assemble components and systems for the local market and for export on the basis of low labour costs. Their participation in EUROCHIP provided the universities with opportunities to train young engineers for the national industry and to prepare this for European cooperation.

European links: ESPRIT project EUROCHIP, INCO projects IBERCHIP (EC-LA007) and EUROEAST (CP93-9093).

Progress and Results

Design facilities in the universities were complemented in the beginning of the second phase of the project to reach European standards. Training courses have been organised. In Malta, six ASICs have been processed and their testing continues; at MSRC, several designs have been submitted for fabrication from neighbouring industries; at ITU, ten relevant projects are now running as parts of a Ph.D or M.Sc.; at the METU, a total of 12 designs have been submitted for processing, and at the BU many circuits are now designed and processed.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

Regarding the universities that have participated in the project, a growth of interest in microelectronics motivated them to set up more lecturer courses at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate level, as well as to expand the microelectronics infrastructure.

The emerging demand in ASICs combined with the possibility of developing and fabricating devices have led to successful implementations of circuits in both CMOS and GaAs technologies. Circuits increasing in complexity and difficulty are maturing the local knowledge in integrated circuit design. Their impact towards industrial use has already been proven in commercial design.


IMEC vzw -INVOMEC division
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven, B

EU Partners

GMD-Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH, D
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
Danmarks Tekniske Hojskole, DK
INPG-Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, F

Non-EU Partners

University of Malta, MT
Istanbul Technical University, ITU, T
Marmara Scientific and Research Center, MSRC, T
Middle East Technical University, METU, T
Bilkent University, BU, T


Mr. E. Bourdeaud'hui
Tel: +32 16 28 12 50
Fax: +32 16 28 15 84

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