LONDON Freescale Semiconductor has contributed nearly £75,000 towards a cutting-edge computer lab at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The company has facilities nearby in East Kilbride which employ nearly 2000 and the lab will help students taking the MSc in Wireless Communications Technologies and MSc Embedded Systems Design to conduct in-depth research into new communications systems used in modern mobile phones and cars.
Students on these programmes move into wide range of careers in hardware design, software design, wireless technology, handheld systems embedded system design and telecommunications. More than 1000 companies involved in designing, developing, and supplying electronic products or services are located in Scotland and over 45,000 people are employed directly in a field that contributes 14 per cent to Scotland’s GDP.
Colin Cureton, a systems engineer with Freescale, said, “We can really help to nurture the talent of Scotland’s electronics students as we have design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. We invest $1 billion annually in R&D, and at the moment we have two projects running with Glasgow Caledonian students.” “We encourage them to work alongside us in East Kilbride, on a range of advanced projects. They use state of the art telecoms testing equipment, to assess the success of new systems, and develop fledgling technologies such as 3G.” Cureton also gave an open lecture to students at Glasgow Caledonian University discussing the future of microchips in embedded processing and the areas of technology where they can be used.
From left: Lecturer Alan Nesbitt, Professor David Harrison acting dean of the School of Engineering Science & Design, Martin Burns, U.K. country manager of Freescale Semiconductor, and Colin Cureton, systems engineer and guest speaker.