NUT Desk- LAHORE: The provincial government has approved Rs41.75 million funding for establishing chip design centres in eight universities.
The UET Lahore, the UET Taxila, the ITU Lahore, and the Islamia University Bahawalpur will have centres during the current financial year while the MNS UET Multan, the KF UEIT Rahim Yar Khan, the University of Gujrat, and the University of Chakwal next year.
Integrated Circuits (ICs), commonly known as chips, have radically altered the industry and nanotechnology has greatly contributed to major advances in computing and electronics, leading to faster, smaller, and more portable systems that can process, manage, and store larger and larger amounts of information.
Chip design technology is one of the most important and significant technologies globally in the electronics industry. With the Covid-19 crisis disrupting supply chains and geopolitical tensions increasing, semiconductor companies have become more interested in achiev-ing end-to-end design and manufacturing capabilities for leading edge technologies.
Local universities in Pakistan are not extensively teaching the skills which are flourishing quite rapidly all over the world such as micro and nano-electronics IC design because of a lack of highly-trained faculty and academic resources in these domains.