Electronics research centre opens

A £5m research centre designed to boost the Scottish Electronics industry has opened at Glasgow University.

The Electronics Design Centre for Heterogeneous Systems (EDC) is funded by an EPSRC initiative aimed at supporting vital research areas. It aims to bring together experts in the design and fabrication of electronic systems to pioneer drug development, communications systems and homeland security technology.

The new centre is located next to the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the university, which was opened earlier this year to share nanotechnology skills and resources.

Director of the EDC Professor David Cumming said: ‘This new centre has been funded by the EPSRC after it became apparent that there was a gap in British electronics research for the design of electronic devices and systems. This centre will move forward the industry in the UK by allowing researchers to work together in the design and the creation of groundbreaking technology.’

The EDC has received from the Scottish Funding Council and is working with electronics supplier Agilent Technologies, which will provide design, test and measurement technology for the centre and fund research to be undertaken there.