Globalfoundries and Masdar partner on chip R&D

New initiative will give Masdar students access to Globalfoundries design facilities

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Globalfoundries and Masdar partner on chip R&D The deal will give Masdar students access to Globalfoudries technology development platform and engineers at its facilities around the world.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 10, 2012

Globalfoundries has formed a partnership with Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, to develop semiconductor R&D in the UAE.

Under the agreement, students and faculty from Masdar, a graduate-level university, will have access to Globalfoundries technology development platform, via its Abu Dhabi headquarters.

The laboratory includes powerful production servers, engineering work stations and a high-speed data network enabling remote access to Globalfoundries Fab 1 in Germany, and its advanced nanotechnology engineering systems. Students and faculty will have access to process design kits (PDKs) for advanced semiconductor technology nodes, including the latest High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) transistor technology; and will be able to conduct research work in modelling and designing processors.

"We are very proud to be a part of Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030," said Geoffrey Akiki, general manager of Globalfoundries Abu Dhabi. "By introducing our world-class technology to the best talent of Abu Dhabi and investing in supporting these research efforts, we are contributing to develop a highly skilled, highly productive workforce. The worldwide engineering base of Globalfoundries design engineers is adding valuable know-how to this unique proposition."

Seven students and faculty are taking part in the first phase, and Globalfoundries has appointed a team of engineers to support the initiative. Graduate students will also be able to apply for internships with Globalfoundries.

"The Dresden Design Enablement team is happy to support all activities enabling young talent to become familiar with leading-edge technology," said Gerd Teepe, director Design Enablement, Globalfoundries Fab 1. "By providing support for our entire 28nm tool suite we are completing a highly innovative approach for technology education with focus on the latest generation of design enablement."

"Masdar Institute will be among the first academic institutions worldwide to receive access to 65nm technology," said Dr Steven Griffiths, executive director, Institute Initiatives, and Professor of Practice, Masdar Institute. "The three different knowledge exchange initiatives will help our students gain exciting first-hand experience with leading-edge technologies. We acknowledge the contribution by Globalfoundries towards human capital development in Abu Dhabi and the UAE and believe the programs will further enhance the capabilities of our students. "

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