Texas Instruments Launches Center of Excellence at NSIT, Delhi for Development of Embedded Products
This Center is first of its kind by the company in India
New Delhi, January 23, 2013: Texas Instruments (TI) has 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 Professor P V Indiresan, former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Dr. C P Ravikumar, Technical Director – University Relations, TI India and Prof. Dhananjay Gadre, Professor of Electronics & Communication Engineering, NSIT will coordinate the working of the center, a press note said.
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 Professor P V Indiresan at the launch. He further added, “One must question theories, only then can one become a good scientist.” Professor Indiresan also 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, Technical Director – University Relations, Texas Instruments India. “The center will design products that are relevant to the Indian electronics industry and nurture talent in the area of embedded product design.”
Dhananjay Gadre, Professor of Electronics and Communication, NSIT and the Coordinator of the CoE 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, Professor of 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.
TI India University Initiatives
As a leading technology company, TI helps prepare students in India for the rigors of system design innovation when they graduate from college. Over the years, TI has worked with universities across India to impart knowledge of semiconductor technology and system design. Today, TI is closely associates with more than 700 engineering colleges in the country.
TI’s annual Analog Design Contest has become very popular among electronics and computer science engineering students across the country. In 2012-2013, 349 teams from 102 engineering colleges participated in the contest. The projects submitted were in application areas such as health care, energy efficiency, automation & instrumentation, security and assistive technologies. A significant feature of the 2012 contest was the “Analog Design Challenge,” where the teams were asked to solve a given design problem using TI’s Analog System Lab Kit developed by TI.
In 2012, TI also organized a Microcontroller Design Contest for students. Participants were encouraged to design unique applications using TI’s microcontrollers and the wide range of TI’s analog circuits