Newcastle Uni receives £1.5million Agilent gear for microelectronics research
LONDON A wireless research laboratory and two 70-seat undergraduate teaching laboratories have been jointly opened at Newcastle University by its Chancellor, The Rt Hon (the) Lord Patten of Barnes, CH., and Agilent Technologies.
Combined government and public funding of over £3million, was used to construct the facilities, equipped with the latest Agilent electronic instruments and computer-aided design (CAD) software, valued at £1.5 million.
The labs, which have developed using the latest ideas in interactive instruction, should help position the university as a leader in the development of 'ambient intelligence' systems and enable new, low-power, multi-chip microcircuits to be fabricated and tested for future wireless communication systems, such as ultra-wideband.
Professor Oliver Hinton, Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University, said, “The ambient intelligence vision is one of tiny sensors and computing devices embedded in almost everything people use, and the possibility of using such devices is beginning to create a revolution in many different sectors. There are, however, still many technology challenges to overcome for this vision to become a reality, and we plan to lead the way in developing the solutions.”
Tom White (left) and Lord Patten test the equipment in the new Wireless research laboratory at Newcastle University.
Over 100 research students will have access to the Agilent equipment, including a spectrum analyser, a 20GHz performance signal generator, a 10GHz oscilloscope, a 67GHz microwave network analyser, a semiconductor parameter analyser and 50 general-purpose kits made up of a two-channel 100MHz oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and power supplies.
Tom White, president of Agilent Technologies' Operations Support Systems Group and General Manager for Agilent in UK and Ireland, concluded that, “Global companies like Agilent need the best graduates to succeed and stay ahead, and our philosophy is to forge relationships with top universities throughout the world. We certainly aim to attract more graduates from Newcastle over the next few years. I believe the university is currently ranked seventh in this field, and I hope that our investment will help it rise into the top three.”
From left The Rt Hon (the) Lord Patten of Barnes, CH., Professor Chris Edwards, Newcastle University Vice Chancellor, Tom White, President of Agilent Technologies' Operations Support Systems Group and General Manager for Agilent in UK and Ireland and Professor Oliver Hinton, Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University open the new laboratories.