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Phyworks joins Academic Network of Cadence Europe

30th January 2008
ES Admin
Phyworks has announced it has become the first member of the advisory council to the Cadence Design Systems’ Academic Network. In this role, Phyworks will provide support to the Advanced Microelectronics Systems Engineering programme at the University of Bristol.
The aim of the Academic Network is to proliferate expertise and to increase the numbers of IC designers trained on leading-edge technology in Bristol and surrounding areas. Known as ‘Silicon Gorge’, the region is home to more IC design companies than anywhere else in Europe.

Cadence launched the network in response to increasing concern over engineering skills shortages and the need to boost the quality and suitability of new engineering graduates.

Phyworks, as a member of the advisory council will offer internships to students and secondments to academic staff in order to help them achieve a better understanding of industry, and the way semiconductor products are designed today. To boost graduates’ employability, the initiative will see graduates qualify with ‘real world’ knowledge of design tools, including those from Cadence.

Stephen King, CEO of Phyworks said, “Five years ago we wouldn’t have necessarily considered hiring graduates straight from the university. We wanted engineers with 8-10 years experience, and although that’s still an ideal, such engineers are increasingly hard to come by. By joining the academic network we have the opportunity to work more closely with the University of Bristol and to communicate real recruitment needs.”

Dr. Patrick Haspel, Strategic University Partnerships, EMEA at Cadence added, “We are pleased to welcome Phyworks to the academic network and appreciate their readiness to share their expertise and know-how. When we launched this initiative our plan was to stimulate the use of leading-edge technology at the universities with the help of the industry. Phyworks’ joining is clearly in line with the spirit of the network to promote electronic design competency in Europe.”

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