Silicon Laboratories supports Analog and Mixed-Signal Center at Texas A&M University

May 13, 2004
| By: Aubrey Bloom

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Silicon Laboratories president and CEO Daniel Artusi advised electrical engineering graduates aiming for integrated circuit design careers to constantly upgrade their knowledge to keep pace with the fast-changing industry. Artusi was on campus in April to present a contribution to the Analog and Mixed-Signal Center for graduate student research support. "Gifts like this are especially important to our educational program. They enable us to produce graduates who are well prepared for the challenges facing industry," said Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering. Silicon Laboratories, based in Austin, is a leader in the development of proprietary high-performance mixed-signal integrated circuits for a broad range of applications, including wireless handsets, computer modems and set-top boxes. "Supporting the engineering program at a leading university like Texas A&M is a key element in fostering a strong pool of local, mixed-signal design talent that we can recruit from for years to come," Artusi said. He spoke to students following a luncheon with engineering administrators. The Analog and Mixed-Signal Center, located at Texas A&M and part of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, had its beginnings in 1976 and was formally created in 1999. Research focuses on analog built-in testing, data converters, low-voltage/low-power circuits, and RF and baseband circuits. The center's director is Dr. Edgar Sanchez-Sinencio, professor of electrical engineering and holder of the TI/Jack Kilby Chair in Analog Engineering. Researchers at the center have authored more than 300 technical papers and co-authored several textbooks on neural network implementations, low voltage analog circuit design and switched-capacitor circuits. Silicon Laboratories' gift will count in the One Spirit, One Vision Campaign, the university's multiyear fund-raising campaign aimed at helping Texas A&M attain national top 10 status among public universities.

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