High tech tie up

Queen’s University

has announced it is teaming up with a leading US high tech corporation to establish an advanced mobile wireless communications research facility in Belfast.

Due to open early in 2006, the new facility will be located at the University’s Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Titanic Quarter.

The initiative is being supported by Agilent Technologies. Under a collaborative arrangement with the university, the California-based company is supplying the advanced test equipment to be used at ECIT.

According to Professor Vincent Fusco, Head of High Frequency Research at Queen’s, the new facility will make an important international contribution to the development of systems used in a variety of leading-edge applications. These include wireless sensors, components for mobile telephone handsets, and short-range radar systems for use in road vehicles.

“Our 30-strong high frequency electronics team is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The group’s funding of around €10 million comes from a variety of government sources and national and international clients including EADS Astrium,” said Professor Fusco.

Professor Vincent Fusco, Head of High Frequency Research, Queen’s University Belfast with Professor John McCanny, Director of ECIT and Tom White, Managing Director of Agilent Technologies UK.

“The linkage with Agilent Technologies will enable Queen’s to undertake leading-edge research and development of high performance integrated circuits. In addition, it will also enhance our ability to train undergraduate and postgraduate students in microwave theory and techniques through internships and collaborative research with Agilent Laboratories,” he added.