Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TI launches Center of Excellence at NSIT, Delhi for development of embedded products

INDIA: Texas Instruments (TI) announced the launch of a Center of Excellence at Netaji Subas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi, a leading engineering college in the country.

This is the first Center of Excellence for Embedded Product Development that TI is setting up in any educational institution in India. The centre was inaugurated by Prof. PV Indiresan, former director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Dr. CP Ravikumar, Technical director - University Relations, TI India, and Prof. Dhananjay Gadre, Prof. of Electronics & Communication Engineering. NSIT will co-ordinate the working of the center.

The center will promote design of embedded products based on TI’s semiconductors. It will also promote design of educational solutions for teaching subjects on embedded systems. The center will conduct educational activities such as seminars and train-the-trainer workshops that will be open to teachers from other engineering colleges as well.

“It is very important to experiment and validate any theory before you make your judgement,” said Prof. Indiresan “One must question the theories, only then can one become a good scientist.” He released a book titled ‘Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius’, co-authored by an NSIT alumnus.

TI will be closely associated with the working of the center. Seminars and courses will pertain to TI’s embedded processors and analog solutions such as, MSP430 and Stellaris microcontrollers, energy harvesting, and low power wireless connectivity solutions. TI will donate the equipment, semiconductor tools and solutions to get the center started. Students of NSIT who work on product design activities at the center will be offered internships.

“Our main objective is to encourage and promote an ecosystem in the design of embedded products,” said Dr. C P Ravikumar. “The center will design products that are relevant to the Indian electronics industry and nurture talent in the area of embedded product design.”

Prof. Gadre, said: “The launch of the Center formalizes the long association that NSIT has with Texas Instruments. We have produced educational products such as “Stellaris Guru” and are now working on a number of interesting projects on MSP430 and Stellaris. We thank Prof. Raj Senani, Electronics & Communication Engineering and also director of NSIT, for his constant encouragement and support in this endeavor.”

TI’s attempt will be to bring an “open source” culture that allows electronic product manufacturers to pick up the designs from the center as they are and adapt them for production.

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