SAN JOSE, Calif. and BEIJING, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) today announced a joint venture between the university, Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) and Xilinx University Program (XUP) that has culminated in the grand opening of a new BJUT-Xilinx Advanced Research & Teaching Facility. The new 2,000-square meter facility will include three laboratories dedicated to embedded system design and fully equipped with hardware, software, FPGA silicon, IP and tools provided through XUP donations and government grants.
More than 160 leading Chinese and international technology experts - including dignitaries from government, industry and academia - are gathering today and tomorrow at the Beijing university campus for an Embedded Technology Forum co-hosted by Xilinx and BJUT. In addition to an official signing ceremony to celebrate the new research and teaching facility, event highlights include the official kick-off of this year's Open Source Hardware and Embedded System Contest, and a series of technology lectures and workshops, delivered by professors and industry executives from Australia, China, UK and USA.
"We're honored to collaborate with Beijing University of Technology and the Chinese Ministry of Education to put in place a program that gives young engineers the key skills required to successfully exploit state-of-the-art technology and the confidence to become future innovators," said Patrick Lysaght, senior director of XUP and Xilinx Research Labs. "Experts from China and abroad are committed to developing of a world-class curriculum that will incorporate best practice from teaching, research and industry from around the world."
About the Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest
At today's Embedded Technology Forum, the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) announced the official commencement of the Open Source Hardware and Embedded System Contest 2009. A cooperative effort between academia and industry and hosted by the CIE, goals of the program are to drive business and technology innovation; foster communication, contribution and sharing within the open source community; and accelerate the development of open source hardware intellectual property. The contest has expanded this year to include participants from Taiwan, in addition to Mainland China. Sponsors include Xilinx, Avnet, Digilent, SEED International, Ltd., Ultrawise, E-Elements, Excelpoint, Sun Microsystems, AutoESL, National Instruments and Alignment Co., Ltd. Winning entries for the 2009 program will be announced at an awards ceremony in May 2010.
Results of the inaugural Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest were announced on April 24, 2008, to view the press release click here. For more information go to www.openhw.org where more than 19,000 users have registered to participate in a vibrant community built upon the principles of sharing and open source hardware and embedded software.
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