(by ADI, edited by DRArcega)
The Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) renewed its support to the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) as the expansion of the UP-ADI Microelectronics Laboratory (MicroLab) II was formally opened last 3 November 2016, Thursday, adding 30 seats, a conference room, and a bench testing area to the existing MicroLab I.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by ADI Design and Layout Engineering Director Miles Ramirez, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda de Leon.
In his speech at the Microlab’s ribbon cutting, Ramirez focused on the importance of ADI’s engagement with UP through the years, adding, “The expansion of the lab signifies ADI’s commitment to the academe, and our appreciation of the importance of engineers and engineering in developing our country, helping solve our hardest problems, and making lives better.”
Dean De Leon closed the event by highlighting the “great story” of the partnership between UP EEEI and ADI.
“While the College continues to seek new partnerships with the industry, these new partnerships could not replace the trust, the friendship, and the value we already have with ADI,” she added.
On October 11, 2013, the ADI donated 20 workstations and furniture, and renovated the existing Microelectronics Lab, which was later renamed as the UP-ADI Microelectronics Lab I. The goal of the laboratory expansion then is to provide more students a high quality learning facility where they can learn, design, and implement their research areas – eventually producing more competent and topnotch microelectronics engineers.
The UP EEEI MicroLabs, which are headed by Dr. Louis Alarcon and Dr. Ma. Theresa de Leon, focus on a wide variety of areas that complement ADI’s line of interests including RF, analog and mixed-signal, and low-power microprocessor design. In the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the UP MicroLabs have also begun research in wireless sensor node IC design in the 65nm process, platform design, and software development for SmartWire applications.
Apart from this facility upgrade, the ADI Philippines also collaborates with the UP MicroLabs by organizing regular design reviews and technical presentations, exposing graduate and undergraduate students to real world challenges and design considerations, and helping to align the labs’ design and technical curriculum with ADI’s technology roadmap.
More photos of the event here.