Electronics Giants See Pioneering Technology from Northern Ireland

Experts from Queen’s University’s £40 million Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) are being helped by Invest Northern Ireland to present their pioneering work to and discuss collaboration opportunities with senior executives of Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Panasonic and NEC in Japan this week.

Headed by Professor John McCanny, ECIT Director, the research team will also meet experts from leading universities in Japan and then in Taiwan to explore opportunities for technology partnerships and collaboration during the Invest NI-backed technology mission from 24-29 April.

In Taiwan, meetings have been lined up with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the Semiconductor Association and the National Nano Device Laboratory at the National Chiao Tung University.

The ECIT team will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with this university to work together on future research projects. The university is a leader in semiconductor technology.

In addition to Prof McCanny, the ECIT team comprises Dr Sakir Sezer, an expert on digital communications and System-on-Chip technology; Dr Paul Millar, a specialist in image and vision processing; and Godfrey Gaston, ECIT Operations Director.

Prof McCanny will also take part in the 2006 International Symposium on VLSI Design, Automation and Test being held in Hsinchu, the semiconductor capital of Taiwan, and sponsored by the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Science Council and the Ministry of Education. He is a member of the influential VLSI Technical Program Committee.

Tracy Meharg, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Innovation and Capability Development, commenting on the mission, said: “Innovation in many technology areas is being driven by international partnerships. ECIT is widely regarded within this industry which is helping to shape so many other technology and business sectors.”

“This mission will help ECIT to build on the collaboration arrangements already in place and explore new opportunities with technology leaders in business and academia in Japan and Taiwan. Invest NI’s support for the mission reflects our strategic commitment to facilitate innovation and international networking that will help to strengthen Northern Ireland’s technology base,” she added.