Sunday, March 6, 2011

COMSTE to boost Phl electronics and semiconductors industry-Angara

SENATE OFFICE, Manila, March 7, 2011-To boost the competitiveness of the Philippine electronics and semiconductors industry through integrated circuit (IC) design, the Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE) is pushing for the establishment of the Industrial Research and Development Institute (IRDI).

The IRDI is modeled after a similar institute in Taiwan, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which is credited with creating an environment for industry and government to partner which in turn helped Taiwan become a technology leader.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of COMSTE, said that the project was conceptualized after studying Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which was a key factor in Taiwan’s economic success, a model we want to replicate here.

“IRDI will be a Public-Private Partnership that is industry led model. As envisioned by the COMSTE Electronics and Semiconductors panel Government and academe can support R&D initiatives in the institute,” Angara said, adding that COMSTE is currently working with a worldwide industry leader in IC design to establish a training center that would be available to colleges and universities.

The training center shall have access to the facilities and personnel that are currently employed by the IC design company where the training modules for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty would also be provided by the company.

“The guidance of an industry of the leading company enables the universities to develop circuits that would have an end use industry,” Angara said, and that it would enable engineers to develop skills necessary to enter seamlessly into the workforce and eventually set up their own startup companies.

Students from De La Salle, Ateneo, Mapua Institute of Technology and the University of the Philippines have expressed their interest to take part in the IC design training. (Jason de Asis) 

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