TowerJazz, Cadence, and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute open Analog Design Lab

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TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI), the national technical university of Ukraine, and Cadence Design Systems are to open a new analogue circuit design lab in Ukraine.

The first-of-its-kind lab and corresponding program was formed to provide designers and high-level engineering students with access to tools and expertise in IC design.

The lab, which opens at the end of January, is equipped with advanced hardware and software design tools, providing the most up-to-date setting for analogue circuit designers. In addition, students will be able to gain exclusive direct access to TowerJazz’s analogue process as reflected in the company’s PDK, allowing hands-on practical experience with silicon manufacturing. TowerJazz plans to sponsor and allow select students to run post-silicon projects, exposing them to a full-circle experience of the design-to-product process.

“We are very excited to announce the availability of this exclusive program to our students. Our collaboration with TowerJazz and Cadence allows us to enhance our academic portfolio in analogue design techniques.” said Mykhaylo Zgurovsky, Rector of the National Technical University of Ukraine ‘Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’. “We believe this activity will cultivate a profound VLSI community in Ukraine. The hardware and software of this lab will enable our higher degree students and teachers to obtain Cadence certificates in the modern analog design system.”

This initiative opens up new possibilities for all levels of trainings from B.A.s, M.A.s, and up to Ph.Ds, at KPI’s Faculty of Electronics. By providing targeted training and allowing realisation of academic studies projects, this program involves Igor Sikorsky KPI students in joint research projects with industry players.

“We are very excited to announce our distinctive collaboration with KPI and Cadence and to be setting new grounds for design expertise. Enabling access to our state-of-the-art design enablement kits, along with Cadence leading software tools and the KPI team of experts, we can effectively train a new generation of analog designers,” said Ori Galzur, Vice President of VLSI Design Center and Design Enablement, TowerJazz. “By becoming familiar with TowerJazz’s analog PDK and process, program graduates can potentially have a gateway to joining our dedicated and experienced worldwide design enablement team.”

“Cadence is committed to supporting academic institutions, and our work with TowerJazz and KPI is geared toward developing a lab for practical, high-level design academic studies,” said Yoon Kim, Vice President of Business Development, Head of Cadence Academic Network. “Our technology and expertise, together with the TowerJazz PDK, provide students with a modern analog academic foundation and advanced tools needed to achieve system-on-chip design excellence so these future engineers can hone the necessary skills required to succeed after graduation.”