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Announcing the Semiconductor Education Alliance

The Semiconductor Education Alliance has been formed today, 26th July 2023. It brings together key stakeholders from the electronic design and semiconductor industry to work closely with the academic community to address the growing challenge of developing critical electronic systems design skills.

The Alliance has launched with initial partners, Arm, Arduino, STMicroelectronics, Cadence, Synopsys, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Cornell University, Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute, the All-India Council for Technical Education, and the University of Southampton. The Alliance partners have recognised that stronger cross-industry/academia collaboration is key to driving forward the necessary improvements in semiconductor systems design skills. It has launched with a call to others in the semiconductor design and fabrication space, both industry and academia to get involved. 

SoC Labs is pleased to be at the center of this activity. Our aim is to become the global SoC design platform for academia with access to the latest semiconductor fabrication technologies from Arm and other partners. Our community is growing week by week with growing academic interest in adding to our shared community development projects. Our aim is to promote the sharing of experience, knowledge and design re-use to allow the academic community to reduce the burden in innovating in SoC deployment in a research setting, and to come together to deliver improved research outputs. The community is developing community-driven hardware projects and core System-on-Chip reference designs and supporting verification and design environment initiatives. Like the Semiconductor Education Alliance we are keen to encourage more academics to join our growing community and help tackling the challenges of increasing innovation through improved systems design skills, broader re-use of state of the art design references and sharing of experience and knowledge.

SoC Labs is already discussing some exciting projects with the Semiconductor Education Alliance partners and we look forward to making more announcements in the months ahead. 

An exciting day for the community and hopefully many more to come in the future.

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John Darlington

Community lead at University of Southampton

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